1. Health, happiness, and good fortune; well-being: workers concerned with the welfare of their families.
a. Financial or other aid provided, especially by the government, to people in need.
b. See welfare work.
c. See corporate welfare.
Receiving regular assistance from the government or private agencies because of need.
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Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices
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