Definition of welfare state noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


    welfare state

    BrE BrE//ˌwelfeə ˈsteɪt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌwelfer ˈsteɪt//
    Helping others
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  1. 1(also the Welfare State) [usually singular] a system by which the government provides a range of free services to people who need them, for example medical care, money for people without work, care for old people, etc. Culture In Britain the term welfare state applies mainly to the National Health Service, National Insurance and social security. The US does not consider itself a true welfare state, but Americans use the terms 'welfare' and 'welfare programmes' for the various ways the national, state and local governments help people who are poor, sick, old, unemployed, etc. The national programmes include Medicare, Medicaid and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. see also Beveridge Report See related entries: Helping others
  2. 2[countable] a country that has such a system See related entries: Helping others
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: welfare state