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welfare

wel·fare

welfare

 
pronunciation:
wel feIr
phrases:
on welfare
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a state of health, happiness, and good fortune; well-being.
A good government is concerned with the welfare of its citizens.The ship provided almost solely for the welfare of the first-class passengers.
 
synonyms:
good, well-being
similar words:
advantage, affluence, benefit, comfort, felicity, fortune, happiness, health, interest, profit, prosperity, success, weal
definition 2: public or private aid to needy people.
Welfare helped her family get through a tough time.
synonyms:
assistance, charity, social welfare
similar words:
aid, alms, compensation, dole, relief, social security, unemployment
phrase: on welfare
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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