social service
noun Date: 1851 an activity designed to promote social well-being; specifically organized philanthropic assistance (as of the disabled or disadvantaged)

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  • social service — social service, adj. organized welfare efforts carried on under professional auspices by trained personnel. [1850 55] * * * Introduction also called  welfare service,  or  social work,         any of numerous publicly or privately provided… …   Universalium

  • social service — n 1.) social services [plural] BrE the government department that helps people with problems, for example family or money problems, or the services it provides ▪ Contact social services for help. ▪ social service workers ▪ the provision of social …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • social service — noun count 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 …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • social service — n. SOCIAL WORK social service adj …   English World dictionary

  • social service */ — UK / US noun Word forms social service : singular social service plural social services 1) [countable, often plural] one of the services provided by a government or local council for people with social problems social service… …   English dictionary

  • social service — noun 1 (C) a service that is necessary for society to work properly and is provided by the government or supported by government money: Should the railways make a profit or should they be run as a social service? 2 social services (plural)… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • social service — deals with advising the community concerning social issues …   English contemporary dictionary

  • social service — noun 1》 (social services) government services provided for the benefit of the community, such as education, medical care, and housing. 2》 activity aiming to promote the welfare of others …   English new terms dictionary

  • social service — so′cial serv′ice n. soc Often, social services. organized welfare efforts carried on under professional auspices by trained personnel • Etymology: 1850 …   From formal English to slang

  • social service — noun an organized activity to improve the condition of disadvantaged people in society • Syn: ↑welfare work • Hypernyms: ↑work • Hyponyms: ↑social work, ↑casework …   Useful english dictionary

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