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welfare

noun wel·fare \ ˈwel-ˌfer \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of welfare

1 : the state of doing well especially in respect to good fortune, happiness, well-being, or prosperity
  • must look out for your own welfare
2 a : aid in the form of money or necessities for those in need
b : an agency or program through which such aid is distributed

Examples of welfare in a Sentence

  1. He wants to do away with welfare.

  2. I have your welfare at heart.

  3. The welfare of all the orphans was at stake.

  4. She donates to organizations concerned about animal welfare.

Recent Examples of welfare from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of welfare

Middle English, from the phrase wel faren to fare well

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welfare

adjective

Definition of welfare

1 : of, relating to, or concerned with welfare and especially with improvement of the welfare of disadvantaged social groups
  • welfare legislation
2 : receiving public welfare benefits
  • welfare families

First Known Use of welfare

1886



WELFARE Defined for English Language Learners

welfare

noun

Definition of welfare for English Language Learners

  • : a government program for poor or unemployed people that helps pay for their food, housing, medical costs, etc.

  • : the state of being happy, healthy, or successful


WELFARE Defined for Kids

welfare

noun wel·fare \ ˈwel-ˌfer \

Definition of welfare for Students

1 : the state of being or doing well especially in relation to happiness, well-being, or success
2 : aid in the form of money or necessities for people in need


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