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Welfare is part of the Academic Word List. It is important for students in college and university.





  1. (uncountable) Someone's welfare is their health, safety, and other things the make them happy.
    Children need to exercise each day, for both their physical and psychological welfare.
    This group has tried to promote the welfare of old people throughout the United Kingdom.
    It is clear that the issues the environment and animal welfare have become very important recently.
    Few countries have the same level of social welfare that we have in Canada.
  2. (US); (uncountable) Welfare is money paid by the government to poor people.
    The government is reviewing the welfare benefits which single parents receive.
    He lost his job and his home and has had to go on welfare.

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