social work

noun
|Updated on: 13 Jun 2018
: any of various professional activities or methods concretely concerned with providing social services and especially with the investigation, treatment, and material aid of the economically, physically, mentally, or socially disadvantaged

social worker

noun

Examples of social work in a Sentence

  1. She is doing social work.

  2. He has a job in social work.

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First Known Use of social work

1847

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SOCIAL WORK Defined for English Language Learners

social work

  • : the work done by someone who works for a government or private organization that helps people who have financial or family problems


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social work

noun
: any of various professional services, activities, or methods concretely concerned with the investigation, treatment, and material aid of the economically, physically, mentally, or socially disadvantaged


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