welfare noun definition in Helping others topic from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

welfare

 noun: Helping others topic
1 practical or financial help that is provided, often by the government, for people or animals that need it The state is still the main provider of welfare. child welfare a social welfare programme welfare provision/services/work2 (especially North American English) (British English also social security) money that the government pays regularly to people who are poor, unemployed, sick, etc. They would rather work than live on welfare.

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