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Definition of rich

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1 : having abundant possessions and especially material wealth
2a : having high value or quality
b : well supplied or endowed a city rich in traditions
3 : magnificently impressive : sumptuous
4a : vivid and deep in color a rich red
b : full and mellow in tone and quality a rich voice
c : having a strong fragrance rich perfumes
5 : highly productive or remunerative a rich mine
6a : having abundant plant nutrients rich soil
b : highly seasoned, fatty, oily, or sweet rich foods
c : high in the combustible component a rich fuel mixture
d : high in some component cholesterol-rich foods
7a : entertaining also : laughable
b : meaningful, significant rich allusions
c : lush rich meadows
8 : pure or nearly pure rich lime


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\ ˈrich How to pronounce Rich (audio) \

Definition of Rich (Entry 2 of 2)

Adrienne Cecile 1929–2012 American poet

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richness noun

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rich, wealthy, affluent, opulent mean having goods, property, and money in abundance. rich implies having more than enough to gratify normal needs or desires. became rich through shrewd investing wealthy stresses the possession of property and intrinsically valuable things. wealthy landowners affluent suggests prosperity and an increasing wealth. an affluent society opulent suggests lavish expenditure and display of great wealth, more often applying to things than people. an opulent mansion

Examples of rich in a Sentence

Adjective Her investments have made her rich. The dictionary is a rich source of information. a rich and spicy soup The food was a little too rich for me. Their country has a rich cultural heritage. This area has a rich history. She has a rich vocabulary.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Japan, Germany and some other rich countries face the same challenge of supporting aging populations with fewer workers. Time, "China's Population Growth Slows as Fewer Couples Opt to Have Babies," 11 May 2021 Many in the developing world want rich countries to do more to get doses to the needy. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Cruise ships return, Cleveland Indians vaccine deal, Ohio numbers, more - coronavirus timeline May 1-7," 8 May 2021 Vaccines based on innovative new technologies are on the cusp of availability for diseases that have ravaged humankind for millennia, diseases like cancer and malaria that impact both rich countries and poor ones. Rita Numerof, Forbes, "Even Less Incentive For Pharma To Innovate Threatens Global Health & Our Economy," 7 May 2021 But a critical deadlock has been broken and now other rich countries must follow suit. Meenakshi Narula Ahamed, CNN, "Biden strikes a blow for fairness in sharing vaccine knowledge," 6 May 2021 For months, the U.S. has been part of a group of rich countries that have resisted proposals by India and South Africa to relax some World Trade Organization protections related to the coronavirus vaccines. NBC News, "U.S. reversal on vaccine patents offers countries in crisis hope, but hurdles persist," 6 May 2021 Developing-world countries have also been pressing rich countries to release unneeded vaccines to them. Drew Hinshaw, WSJ, "Covid-19 Vaccine Patent Waivers Could Take Months to Benefit Developing Nations," 6 May 2021 That echoed the position of the global pharmaceutical industry, which insists a faster solution would be for rich countries that have vaccine stockpiles to start sharing them with poorer ones. Jamey Keaten, The Christian Science Monitor, "Should vaccines be protected property? U.S., France now say no.," 6 May 2021 Our child poverty rates are significantly higher than those in other large, rich countries such as Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia. Tim Smeeding, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Opinion: How President Biden's rescue plan could help poor kids in Wisconsin," 5 May 2021

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First Known Use of rich


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for rich


Middle English riche, from Old English rīce; akin to Old High German rīhhi rich, Old English rīce kingdom, Old High German rīhhi, noun; all from prehistoric Germanic words borrowed from Celtic words akin to Old Irish (genitive ríg) king — more at royal

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“Rich.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of rich

: having a lot of money and possessions
: very expensive and beautiful, impressive, etc.
: having or supplying a large amount of something that is wanted or needed


\ ˈrich How to pronounce rich (audio) \
richer; richest

Kids Definition of rich

1 : having a lot of money and possessions : wealthy rich people
3 : well supplied : abundant The city is rich in tradition.
4 : fertile sense 1 rich soil
5 : containing much sugar, fat, or seasoning rich food
6 : deep and pleasing in color or tone

Other Words from rich

richly adverb
richness noun

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