Definition of good works in US English:

good works

plural noun

  • Charitable acts.

    • ‘The letter she wrote to introduce the report fairly gushes with enthusiasm for doing good works.’
    • ‘Henceforth virtue and good works would be their own rewards.’
    • ‘According to Ellie, Hunter Crayton would always be scum despite any good works he might accomplish.’
    • ‘Involved in all good works and committees, John was an excellent husband and father.’
    • ‘The Rev John Brown was a major influence on the Chancellor, a social Christian remembered for his good works among the people of Kirkcaldy.’
    • ‘The awards honour girls whose lives are a testament to the bravery and good works of Britain's teenagers.’
    • ‘We will, in the coming months, find ways public and private to celebrate the great work and good works that Danny did.’
    • ‘The children also put together a book of the charity's good works, as well as creating a global blanket containing flags from across the world.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, his eagerness for good works was rarely shared by others.’
    • ‘A further $125m was placed with the Carnegie Corporation to carry on his good works.’
    • ‘All his good works will be remembered and the greatest tribute we can pay to him is that he was a real guard and knew how to carry himself like a gentleman.’
    • ‘They seem to be desperately trying to convince the general public that they are simply nice people who give money to charity and do good works in the community.’
    • ‘In due course these good works earned him a knighthood.’
    • ‘Surely we should be known for our good works in the world?’
    • ‘Perhaps they were lobbying the relevant minister for more public monies to fund their good works.’
    • ‘She was a leader because she had her followers in charity and good works, not because she moulded them into a political or military power.’
    • ‘Along with all these good works, WI branches sometimes decide that activism is called for.’
    • ‘Ella was a very special person, whose good works and kindness knew no bounds.’
    • ‘The key is to find your own way to make a living doing good works and show others it is possible.’
    • ‘The intention is to channel funds into deprived areas and good works such as paying for less well-off students to have gap years.’