What does Welfare mean?

Definitions for Welfareˈwɛlˌfɛər

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Welfare.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. social welfare, welfare, public assistance(noun)

    governmental provision of economic assistance to persons in need

    "she lives on welfare"

  2. benefit, welfare(noun)

    something that aids or promotes well-being

    "for the benefit of all"

  3. wellbeing, well-being, welfare, upbeat, eudaemonia, eudaimonia(noun)

    a contented state of being happy and healthy and prosperous

    "the town was finally on the upbeat after our recent troubles"


  1. welfare(Noun)

    health, happiness and prosperity; well-being in any respect

  2. welfare(Noun)

    (chiefly U.S.) various forms of financial aid provided by the government to those who are in need of it (abbreviated form of Welfare assistance), social security, income support,

  3. Origin: wel faran "wellness" (cognate with Old Norse velferð, Swedish välfärd and Dutch welvaart.) Equivalent to .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Welfare(noun)

    well-doing or well-being in any respect; the enjoyment of health and the common blessings of life; exemption from any evil or calamity; prosperity; happiness

  2. Origin: [Well + fare to go, to proceed, to happen.]


  1. Welfare

    Welfare is the provision of a minimal level of well-being and social support for all citizens, sometimes referred to as public aid. In most developed countries welfare is largely provided by the government, and to a lesser extent, charities, informal social groups, religious groups, and inter-governmental organizations. The welfare state expands on this concept to include services such as universal healthcare and unemployment insurance.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Welfare

    wel′fār, n. state of faring or doing well: freedom from any calamity, &c.: enjoyment of health, &c.: prosperity.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Welfare' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2110

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Welfare' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4177

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Welfare' in Nouns Frequency: #951


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Welfare in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Welfare in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew:

    The feds objective in coming to Maine was nothing more than an attempt to undermine our ongoing efforts to reduce fraud, waste and abuse in welfare programs.

  2. Ana Montes:

    Too many people who could work if they wanted to are on welfare, the banks are filled with people lining up to cash their welfare checks. You can't advance that way.

  3. Steven Camarota:

    Most people think either you work, or you are on welfare – but that’s just wrong, a mom with two kids working full-time earning $12 an hour is still eligible for most welfare programs.

  4. Pamela Teaster:

    Most people are n’t on welfare so they carry a different set of issues than people who are, support that’s available to people in other groups is n’t necessarily available people on welfare.

  5. Sophocles:

    I have nothing but contempt for the kind of governor who is afraid, for whatever reason, to follow the course that he knows is best for the State and as for the man who sets private friendship above the public welfare - I have no use for him either.

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