rich

adjective
\ ˈrich How to pronounce rich (audio) \

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

Rich

biographical name
\ ˈrich How to pronounce Rich (audio) \

Definition of Rich (Entry 2 of 2)

Adrienne Cecile 1929–2012 American poet

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Other Words from rich

Adjective

richness noun

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Adjective

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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Ford’s left-knee tendinitis required a platelet-rich plasma injection that will keep him out a week, coach Kyle Shanahan said after Sunday’s session. Cam Inman, The Mercury News, "49ers training camp: How alarming is Dee Ford’s knee pain?," 4 Aug. 2019 Ford, who has missed the last three practices with knee tendinitis, recently had a platelet-rich plasma to accelerate healing, head coach Kyle Shanahan said. Eric Branch, SFChronicle.com, "49ers’ practice report: Even without Ford, defense dominates again," 4 Aug. 2019 Matt Samelson, an attorney with Western Environmental Law Partners, said Adams County’s proposed setback shouldn’t come as a shock to many of the energy companies that operate in the congested and mineral-rich north suburban corridor. John Aguilar, The Denver Post, "First attempt to tighten Colorado’s oil and gas setbacks could come from Adams County," 4 Aug. 2019 Chicken is rubbed with sumac, cinnamon and allspice and served on top of flatbread baked in a clay oven, then drenched in rich, fruity olive oil and smothered with caramelised onions and fried almonds. The Economist, "How to eat well while living under siege," 2 Aug. 2019 Fossil fuel interests are rich, politically influential, and well organized. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Don't Ask How to Pay for Climate Change. Ask Who," 2 Aug. 2019 Guangzhou is the hub of the manufacturing-rich Pearl River Delta. Youyou Zhou, Quartz Africa, "Beijing is not the most popular Chinese city for passengers flying to or from Africa," 2 Aug. 2019 The problem: To match the ultra-rich regular Medicare benefits and still make a profit, the Advantage plans will need much higher premiums. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Private Insurance Can’t Survive Under Kamala Harris’ Healthcare Plan. Here’s Why," 1 Aug. 2019 Google’s parent company Alphabet has overtaken Apple to become the most cash-rich company in the world. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Alphabet overtakes Apple to become most cash-rich company," 1 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of rich

Adjective

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

History and Etymology for rich

Adjective

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 Celt words akin to Old Irish (genitive ríg) king — more at royal

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The first known use of rich was before the 12th century

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rich

adjective

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

rich

adjective
\ 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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