well-be·​ing ˈwel-ˈbē-iŋ How to pronounce well-being (audio)
: the state of being happy, healthy, or prosperous : welfare

Examples of well-being in a Sentence

we're only doing this for your own well-being
Recent Examples on the Web Biden went on to specify the ways his policies have specifically improved Black Americans’ economic well-being. Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press, 20 May 2024 Please be assured that the well-being of all individuals associated with Miss USA is my top priority. Kimi Robinson, USA TODAY, 19 May 2024 To qualify, patients must have moderate to severe stimulant use disorder, with symptoms such as strong cravings for the drug and prioritizing it over personal health and well-being. Angela Hart | Kff Health News, Los Angeles Times, 18 May 2024 Fact-check before initiating a change that can influence your reputation, direction or physical well-being. Eugenia Last, The Mercury News, 18 May 2024 In the state of Tamil Nadu, often-bickering political parties are united in protecting secularism and in focusing on economic well-being. Hari Kumar, New York Times, 18 May 2024 Others have balked at spending that kind of money when there are more urgent priorities to protect the public well-being, such as improving the city’s inadequate flood control system. Michael Smolens, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 May 2024 Protecting your skin from the sun's harmful effects is essential for maintaining your health and well-being. Bethany Braun-Silva, ABC News, 17 May 2024 This act demonstrates a genuine concern for employee health, encouraging a culture where well-being is valued and promoting a healthier, more productive work environment. Rolling Stone Culture Council, Rolling Stone, 16 May 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1561, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of well-being was in 1561

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“Well-being.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/well-being. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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: the state of being happy, healthy, or prosperous : welfare

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