wealth

noun
\ 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 He’s also chairman of the emirate’s sovereign wealth fund, the Investment Corporation of Dubai. Zainab Fattah, Fortune, 18 Sep. 2022 Over everything hung the continuing controversy generated by the tour’s main financial backer — the sovereign wealth fund of Saudi Arabia, whose regime has been accused of a multitude of human rights abuses. Chicago Tribune Staff, Chicago Tribune, 16 Sep. 2022 The domestic investment arm of China’s sovereign-wealth fund, which owns around 40% of CICC, intends to subscribe to its portion of the offering. Rebecca Feng And Dave Sebastian, WSJ, 14 Sep. 2022 In 2019, Michel pleaded not guilty to federal charges of conspiracy and falsifying records stemming from the rapper’s alleged role in a Malaysian wealth fund’s campaign finance violations. Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, 1 Sep. 2022 At the start of 2021, blue-chip biotech investor ARCH Venture Partners and a relatively unknown sovereign wealth fund were in the middle of building a new biotech startup when the unthinkable happened. Allison Deangelis, STAT, 1 Sep. 2022 LIV Golf, backed by the Saudi Arabian sovereign wealth fund, now is directly involved. Doug Ferguson, ajc, 27 Aug. 2022 Spending has been no issue for LIV, which is backed by Saudi Arabia’s $620 billion sovereign wealth fund. Justin Birnbaum, Forbes, 26 Aug. 2022 The charges were related to the onetime sovereign wealth fund, which prosecutors alleged he and his allies used as a personal piggybank to support luxurious lifestyles and fund electioneering. Heather Chen And Ivana Kottasová, CNN, 23 Aug. 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 24 Sep. 2022.

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wealth

noun
\ 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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