from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Aid, such as money or food, given to homeless and other financially needy people, the aged, or the inhabitants of a disaster-stricken area; relief.
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- n. Payment made to disadvantaged persons by government in order to alleviate the burdens of poverty, unemployment, disability, old age, etc.
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- n. governmental provision of economic assistance to persons in need
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