\ ˈwelth How to pronounce wealth (audio) also ˈweltth \

Definition of wealth

1 : abundance of valuable material possessions or resources
2 : abundant supply : profusion
3a : all property that has a money value or an exchangeable value
b : all material objects that have economic utility especially : the stock of useful goods having economic value in existence at any one time national wealth
4 obsolete : weal, welfare

Examples of wealth in a Sentence

a nation that has acquired great wealth someone whose sole goal is the accumulation of wealth Her personal wealth is estimated to be around $10 billion. What percentage of the national wealth is spent on health care? I was impressed by the wealth of choices. Libraries offer a wealth of information. See More
Recent Examples on the Web The biggest clubs — and those that have caught up to them thanks to the wealth of their owners — are likely to remain just as dominant in the decade ahead. New York Times, 13 May 2022 But the differences among college-completers are much more modest, particularly if the goal is middle-class security as opposed to extreme wealth. Elliot Haspel, The Atlantic, 10 May 2022 With respect to wealth, it was tied up in these two fantastic record deals. Rob Tannenbaum, Los Angeles Times, 5 May 2022 The murals, intricate woodwork and the care with which it had all been restored by a developer, Ed Riley, attested to the wealth of the past and the present. Elizabeth Macbride, Forbes, 30 Apr. 2022 Is there a public relations downside to lavishing the world's richest person with additional options that could add tens, if not hundreds of billions, to his wealth? Chris Isidore, CNN, 24 Apr. 2022 But the designation did not extend to his son or to various companies linked to his wealth. NBC News, 11 Apr. 2022 Despite relinquishing his controlling stake in the company, Adam reportedly managed to hold on to his wealth. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, 18 Mar. 2022 This translates to an addition of 6,000 crore rupees ($791 million) to his wealth every week of 2021. Manavi Kapur, Quartz, 17 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of wealth

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4

History and Etymology for wealth

Middle English welthe, from wele weal

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“Wealth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wealth. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for wealth


\ ˈwelth How to pronounce wealth (audio) \

Kids Definition of wealth

1 : a large amount of money or possessions
2 : a great amount or number a wealth of ideas

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