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welfare


wel·fare  (wlfâr)
n.
1.
a. Health, happiness, and good fortune; well-being.
b. Prosperity.
2. Welfare work.
3.
a. Financial or other aid provided, especially by the government, to people in need.
b. Corporate welfare.
Idiom:
on welfare
Receiving regular assistance from the government or private agencies because of need.

[Middle English, from wel faren, to fare well, from Old English wel faran : wel, well; see well2 + faran, to get along; see fare.]


welfare  /wlfr/  n. 1 ones general condition, (syn.) well-being: The mother is concerned about her sons welfare. 2 money from the government for food, housing, health services, etc.: He lost his job and is now on welfare. -n. [U] welfarism.

Usage Note: Welfare is an American governmental system that includes services such as unemployment compensation, food stamps, and housing assistance to the poor. welfare

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