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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
1915-20
Related forms
social worker, noun
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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.

    The Canadian Girl at Work Marjory MacMurchy
  • The 350 Queen does all the social work, and she does it admirably.

    The Art of Entertaining M. E. W. Sherwood
  • That the Army collects funds, on the strength of its social work, and applies these funds to religious propaganda.

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

    What and Where is God? Richard La Rue Swain
  • Hitherto, much of the social work has been conducted by persons possessing merely religious zeal and enthusiasm.

    Farm Boys and Girls William Arch McKeever
  • social work is constantly requiring helpers in new departments.

    The Canadian Girl at Work Marjory MacMurchy
  • Possibly no social work in America is more sanely constructive than that of the playground movement.

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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