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.

Origin:
1915–20

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

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Example sentences
Each panel consists of three members-usually a lawyer or a judge, a doctor, and a psychologist or a social worker.
The social worker was convinced, and this week the lawyers were as well.
Hyman is a licensed social worker who began doing money management professionally five years ago.
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