Welfare meaning

wĕlfâr
The state of being or doing well; condition of health, happiness, and comfort; well-being; prosperity.
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Health, happiness, and good fortune; well-being.

Workers concerned with the welfare of their families.

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(uncountable) Health, safety, happiness and prosperity; well-being in any respect.
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Welfare is the state of good health, happiness and comfort or financial assistance from the government.

An example of welfare is having food and lodging during a time of severe hardship.

An example of welfare is a food stamp.

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(uncountable, chiefly US) Various forms of financial aid provided by the government to those who are in need of it (abbreviated form of Welfare assistance).
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on welfare
  • Receiving regular assistance from the government or private agencies because of need.
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on welfare
  • receiving government aid because of poverty, unemployment, etc.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

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on welfare

Origin of welfare

  • Middle English from wel faren to fare well from Old English wel faran wel well well2 faran to get along fare

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English welfare, probably from the Old English phrase wel faran (“to fare well, get along successfully, prosper") (cognate with Middle Low German wolvare (“welfare"), Old Norse velferð, Swedish välfärd and Dutch welvaart.) Equivalent to well +"Ž fare.

    From Wiktionary