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social service

noun
     
Related topics: Government
social service [countable]
1

social services

[plural] British EnglishSSPG the government department that helps people with problems, for example family or money problems, or the services it provides:
Contact social services for help.
social service workers
the provision of social services
2PGPE a service that helps society work properly:
The country railways provided a vital social service.

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