Definition of social security in English:

social security


  • 1Any government system that provides monetary assistance to people with an inadequate or no income.

    • ‘The under-40s would be able to opt out of most of their social security taxes.’
    • ‘Poor rural people sought social security and labour power through having more children.’
    • ‘The justification for the recovery of social security benefits is relatively simple to state.’
    • ‘We all want to have an excellent provision of health care, education, transport and social security.’
    • ‘In particular, governments must guarantee social security and essential health services to all.’
    • ‘In addition to a claim for damages, an injured employee may also have a claim for various social security benefits.’
    • ‘When I was social security minister we increased pensions by more than inflation, and that continues.’
    • ‘He talked about simplifying tax and social security to benefit those who have the least.’
    • ‘Years later, Marina again came under attack for claiming social security benefits.’
    • ‘The 1945 commitment was for social security from the cradle to the grave.’
    • ‘To apply for Maternity Allowance, pick up a form at your local Jobcentre Plus or social security office.’
    • ‘She shared a nice little flat with her boyfriend and both of them lived off of Social Security benefits.’
    • ‘We have all heard stories about how Social Security is being ripped off by benefit fraudsters.’
    • ‘Nathan loaned him money to get by until his next social security check.’
    • ‘The conflict exploded over tax evasion and social security contributions.’
    • ‘There was a legitimate aim in checking the accuracy of the data she had submitted in support of her social security claim.’
    • ‘Instead of going to the job centre to sign on then going to the local social security office to get your money, you can do it all in one place.’
    • ‘Many forget that the greatest item of public expenditure is not health or defence but Social Security benefits.’
    • ‘The army, social security and railway systems are also national affairs.’
    • ‘Maxine Carr was spared jail today after admitting she lied to get jobs and claim social security benefits.’
    benefit, state benefit, benefit payment, public assistance
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    1. 1.1 (in the US) a federal insurance program that provides benefits to retired people and those who are unemployed or disabled.
      • ‘The future of the federally funded Social Security pension system is itself in doubt.’
      • ‘Based on simple demographics, Social Security cannot continue as it has in the past.’
      • ‘On top of all this, Social Security is a complicated and costly system to administer.’
      • ‘The Social Security system is strained and there is no telling what its ultimate fate will be.’
      • ‘I still do far better saving for myself than I could ever do through Social Security.’
      • ‘Let me be very clear in reference to any proposal to cut Social Security payments or benefits.’
      • ‘The subject of the discussion was to be a compromise on Social Security reform measures.’
      • ‘We are going to embrace a candidate who brings a positive agenda on an issue like Social Security.’
      • ‘We don't want to tap into Social Security and Medicare in ways that we shouldn't be.’
      • ‘The vast majority of retired people today depend on Social Security to make ends meet.’
      • ‘I believe the president should focus on putting Social Security on a sound footing.’
      • ‘They want Social Security to be there with a guaranteed benefit as an insurance policy.’
      • ‘There will be costs, but the cost of doing nothing is more than the cost of fixing Social Security.’
      • ‘One reason for that big split is that some public retirees do not get Social Security.’
      • ‘One way out of the fiscal trap is to slow the rate of growth of Social Security benefits.’
      • ‘Our society has changed in ways the founders of Social Security could not have foreseen.’
      • ‘That may be why we have Social Security but do not have national health insurance.’
      • ‘Who do they think will do a better job of making sure this Social Security is protected for years to come?’
      • ‘In the US people are already only able to take out the full social security if they retire at 65.’
      • ‘He says that he will make the overhaul of Social Security a top priority in his administration.’


social security

/ˌsōSHəl səˈkyo͝orədē//ˌsoʊʃəl səˈkjʊrədi/