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noun [uncountable]     welfare pronunciation in British English
  1. 1
    the health and happiness of people

    We intend to make child welfare one of our priorities.

    welfare of:

    Police are concerned for the welfare of the child’s mother.

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  2. 2
    care provided by the state or another organization for people in need

    the welfare system

    1. a.
      mainly American money given to people who do not have work or who are in need. The usual British word is benefit.


a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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