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noun American English pronunciation: social service 
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singularsocial service
pluralsocial services
  1. 1
    [countable] [often plural] one of the services provided by a government or private organization for people with social problems

    social service agencies/organizations/workers

    the State Department of Social Services

  2. 2

    social services

    [plural] the department in a local council that deals with social services

    Have you spoken to social services about it?

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