Webster 1913 Edition
fareto go, to proceed, to happen.]
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.
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Webster 1828 Edition
1.Exemption from misfortune, sickness, calamity or evil; the enjoyment of health and the common blessings of life; prosperity; happiness; applied to persons.
2.Exemption from any unusual evil or calamity; the enjoyment of peace and prosperity, or the ordinary blessings of society and civil government; applied to states.
welfare (countable and uncountable, plural welfares)
- (uncountable) Health, safety, happiness and prosperity; well-being in any respect.
- 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 19, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
- Nothing was too small to receive attention, if a supervising eye could suggest improvements likely to conduce to the common welfare. Mr. Gordon Burnage, for instance, personally visited dust-bins and back premises, accompanied by a sort of village bailiff, going his round like a commanding officer doing billets.
- (uncountable, chiefly US) Various forms of financial aid provided by the government to those who are in need of it (abbreviated form of Welfare assistance).
health, safety, well-being, happiness and prosperity
aid, provided by a government, etc.
welfare (third-person singular simple present welfares, present participle welfaring, simple past and past participle welfared)
- (transitive) To provide with welfare or aid.
- welfaring the poor
welfare m (invariable)