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social service

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noun
  1. organized welfare efforts carried on under professional auspices by trained personnel.

Origin of social service

First recorded in 1850–55
Related formsso·cial-serv·ice, adjective
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  • I wonder why it is that we are not as enthusiastic in this social-service work as we are in attacking the problem of war.

  • I remember a meeting of social-service workers in Boston that I was invited to address.

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