\ 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 One of the most conspicuous symbols of Russian wealth is feeling the cost of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Ann M. Simmons, WSJ, 10 May 2022 Lee has openly endorsed several socialist policies — including the redistribution of wealth — as well as controversial progressive policies like abolishing prisons. Fox News, 9 May 2022 The analysis only covers wages and doesn’t factor in other measures of wealth, like homeownership. oregonlive, 6 May 2022 The Civil War destroyed the basis of wealth in the Old South—slavery—and with it a system of social relations. Dania Francis, The New Republic, 5 May 2022 This transfer of wealth would eventually emerge as a political issue, arousing public opposition from Putin himself. Washington Post, 3 May 2022 With the billion-dollar company Thrasio buying up small e-commerce stores and lots of smaller firms following suit, starting one and flipping it later is a great way for solopreneurs to start building wealth. Elaine Pofeldt, Forbes, 30 Apr. 2022 New industries that excite investors with the opportunity to ride a financial rocket into the stratospheres of wealth, but some companies that go public might not otherwise in less enthusiastic times. Matt Mcfarland, CNN, 29 Apr. 2022 But critics say that renting a single-family home comes with far less opportunity for long-term stability and building wealth than owning one. New York Times, 23 Apr. 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 23 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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