welfare

noun
1 good health and happiness
ADJECTIVE
animal, child, community, family, human, personal

people concerned about child welfare

general, public
VERB + WELFARE
improve, promote

The government's policies will promote the welfare of all citizens.

2 money, etc. from the government
ADJECTIVE
state
social
VERB + WELFARE
collect, receive (both AmE)
leave (AmE)

financial incentives to leave welfare

WELFARE + NOUN
state

the provision of services such as health through the welfare state

agency, authorities, department, office (esp. AmE), programme/program, provision, services, system
rolls (AmE)

The government is trying to move more people off the welfare rolls into work.

officer (BrE), worker
benefits, payments

lone parents living on welfare benefits

check (AmE)

The welfare check never went far enough.

budget, costs, spending
cuts
policy, reform
recipient
mother (AmE)
fraud

The new government promised to clamp down on welfare fraud.

dependency
PREPOSITION
on welfare (esp. AmE)

the number of families on welfare


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