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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
b : meaningful, significant rich allusions
c : lush rich meadows
8 : pure or nearly pure rich lime


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Definition of Rich (Entry 2 of 2)

Adrienne Cecile 1929–2012 American poet

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Other Words from rich


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 In 2014, The Arizona Republic listed Holcombe as the third-greatest football player in Mesa High's rich history. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, "Former NFL player, Mesa HS star Robert Holcombe to lead Florence freshman football team," 31 July 2020 Libraries in Colombia have a rich history of coming to the service of communities in crisis, and this project, created by a network of libraries known as Comfenalco, is just the latest iteration. Whitney Eulich, The Christian Science Monitor, "Pandemic pen pals: How Colombian libraries lift spirits," 30 July 2020 Israel continues to reveal new aspects of its rich history. Fox News, "Mysterious rock art discovered in megalithic tombs in Israel," 14 July 2020 Attend a remote lecture noon to 1 p.m. Friday, July 17 and explore the rich history of Cleveland’s Cultural Gardens with history professor John Grabowski. Joan Rusek, cleveland, "Sniff out some new activities during the dog days of summer: Valley Views," 13 July 2020 Eastern forces under Khalifa Hifter launched an offensive trying to take Tripoli in April 2019, and the crisis in the oil-rich country has steadily worsened as foreign backers increasingly intervened despite pledges at the Berlin conference. Washington Post, "UN chief warns foreign interference in Libya `unprecedented’," 9 July 2020 The top of the 2020 lottery is rich in point guard talent, which may not bode well for the Pistons bringing Bone, a two-way player, back next season. Omari Sankofa Ii, Detroit Free Press, "What Detroit Pistons are missing during Summer League: A question for each major player," 9 July 2020 Tonight: An exciting new creative project is rich with promise. BostonGlobe.com, "Horoscope," 8 July 2020 Rhodes, which at 541 square miles is the largest of these isles, is particularly rich in historic sites, including ancient ruins and a medieval Old Town that is a UNESCO World Heritage city. Rebecca Ascher-walsh, Travel + Leisure, "The Top 20 Islands in Europe," 8 July 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rich. Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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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
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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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