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welfare

wel·fare

welfare

 
pronunciation:
wel feIr
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a state of health, happiness, and good fortune.
A good teacher is concerned about the welfare of her students.The organization promoted people's welfare by helping them find jobs.
 
synonyms:
good, well-being
similar words:
advantage, benefit, comfort, fortune, happiness, health, interest, profit, prosperity, success
definition 2: public or private aid to people in need.
Welfare helped her family get through a tough time.
synonyms:
assistance
similar words:
aid, compensation, relief
Word History
The word welfare comes from two Old English words that mean "get along" and "well." These same Old English words form the word "farewell."
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