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Definition of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

 
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(abbreviation TANF)
 
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a US government programme that provides financial help for poor families with children. It is run by the US Department of Health and Human Services, and each state receives a certain amount of money.