social work


noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. social tagging,
  2. social unit,
  3. social war,
  4. social wasp,
  5. social welfare,
  6. social worker,
  7. social-minded,
  8. socialisation,
  9. socialise,
  10. socialism

Origin of social work

First recorded in 1915–20

Related formssocial worker, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for social work

social work

noun

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

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