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social work

noun
1.
organized work directed toward the betterment of social conditions in the community, as by seeking to improve the condition of the poor, to promote the welfare of children, etc.
Origin of social work
1915-1920
First recorded in 1915-20
Related forms
social worker, noun
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  • It is a social work of art, expressed in social action, like a ritual or a play.

  • Indeed, she found time to continue her interest in social work.

  • The 350 Queen does all the social work, and she does it admirably.

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  • You will notice that she had had a good deal of experience in social work.

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  • So between the agnostics and the half-Christians, we are not doing a very good piece of social work throughout the world.

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  • One of the modern employments for young women of education which is increasing rapidly in its scope is to be found in social work.

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  • social work is constantly requiring helpers in new departments.

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British Dictionary definitions for social work

social work

noun
1.
any of various social services designed to alleviate the conditions of the poor and aged and to increase the welfare of children
Derived Forms
social worker, noun
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