the good fortune, health, happiness, prosperity, etc., of a person, group, or organization; well-being:
to look after a child’s welfare; the physical or moral welfare of society.
financial or other assistance to an individual or family from a city, state, or national government:
Thousands of jobless people in this city would starve if it weren’t for welfare.
(initial capital letter) Informal. a governmental agency that provides funds and aid to people in need, especially those unable to work.
on welfare, receiving financial aid from the government or from a private organization because of hardship and need.
health, happiness, prosperity, and well-being in general
financial and other assistance given to people in need
(as modifier): welfare services
Also called welfare work. plans or work to better the social or economic conditions of various underprivileged groups
(informal, mainly Brit) the welfare, the public agencies involved with giving such assistance
(mainly US & Canadian) on welfare, in receipt of financial aid from a government agency or other source
Old English wel faran “condition of being or doing well,” from wel (see well (adv.)) + faran “get along” (see fare (v.)). Cf. Old Norse velferð. Meaning “social concern for the well-being of children, the unemployed, etc.” is first attested 1904. Welfare state is recorded from 1941.
Government-provided support for those unable to support themselves. In the United States, it is undertaken by various federal, state, and local agencies under the auspices of different programs, the best known of which are Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) and food stamps.
lying toward or situated in the west: our company’s western office. directed or proceeding toward the west: a western migration. coming or originating from the west, as a wind. (often initial capital letter) of, pertaining to, living in, or characteristic of the West, especially the western U.S.: a Western ranch. (usually initial capital letter) Occidental: […]
the work or industry of capturing and rendering ; fishing. any of the larger marine mammals of the order Cetacea, especially as distinguished from the smaller dolphins and porpoises, having a fishlike body, forelimbs modified into flippers, and a head that is horizontally flattened. Informal. something big, great, or fine of its kind: I had […]
prejudiced or discriminating against or hostile toward people. reflecting or promoting such feelings: antiwhite demonstrations.
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the female human being, as distinguished from a girl or a man. an adult female person. a female attendant to a lady of rank. a wife. the nature, characteristics, or feelings often attributed to women; womanliness. a sweetheart or paramour; mistress. a female employee or representative: A woman from the real estate agency called. a […]