wealth

noun
\ ˈwelth also ˈweltth \

Definition of wealth

1 obsolete : weal, welfare
2 : abundance of valuable material possessions or resources
3 : abundant supply : profusion
4a : 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

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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.
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Those same loans became the wellspring of Donald Trump’s wealth. Susanne Craig, The Seattle Times, "Trump engaged in suspect tax schemes as he reaped riches from father," 2 Oct. 2018 That’s because we have been disconnected from the actual point of power, which is at the point of creation of wealth, which is on the job. Ryan Smith, Chicago Reader, "Film / Music / Politics Boots Riley on the ‘regular’ revolutionary messages of his radical debut film," 6 July 2018 But the cruel twist is that, like musical ability or inherited wealth, wine teeth are not distributed equally among the population. Rachel Sugar, Vox, "Here is why you look like a vampire.," 18 Dec. 2018 What’s going on here is assortative mating: people are likely to marry people who match them on certain characteristics, like education and wealth, and those traits are in turn related to longevity. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Genetics play less of a role in lifespan than we thought," 8 Nov. 2018 Image Corporate profits have rarely swept up a bigger share of the nation’s wealth, and workers have rarely shared a smaller one. Patricia Cohen, New York Times, "Paychecks Lag as Profits Soar, and Prices Erode Wage Gains," 13 July 2018 The Hindu goddesses of wealth, power and learning are all women, Mr Dutta points out. The Economist, "Culture and the labour market keep India’s women at home," 5 July 2018 Over the course of Everything’s nine songs, the duo acknowledge bumps—subpoena-brandishing investigators, streaming services who don’t share the wealth, shady friends—while remaining resilient and focused, both on each other and on their art. Maura Johnston, Time, "Beyoncé and Jay-Z Continue to Surprise on Joint Album Everything Is Love," 19 June 2018 Now, a progressive group, evaluated cities across 26 variables in five broad areas: income/wealth, business ownership/employment, housing, access to health insurance and educational attainment. Russ Wiles, azcentral, "Mesa tops Phoenix, Tucson in study of prosperity among large cities," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of wealth

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for wealth

Middle English welthe, from wele weal

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wealth

noun

Financial Definition of wealth

What It Is

In the business world, wealth is a measure of financial resources.

How It Works

Wealth is usually a measure of net worth; that is, it is a measure of how much a person has in savings, investments, real estate and cash, less any debts. For example, let's say John Doe has a $700,000 house, a car worth $20,000, a medical practice worth $400,000, and $5,000 in a checking account. Added together, these assets may be worth a whopping $1,125,000, but if John Doe is $300,000 in debt from medical school and owes $650,000 on the house, $15,000 on credit cards and $15,000 on the car, his net worth (the assets minus these liabilities) falls to about $145,000. In other words, if he were to sell everything today and pay off all his debts, he would have only $145,000 that would truly be all his.

Why It Matters

Income is routinely mistaken for wealth. For example, if John Doe's income is $250,000 per year, some people might say John is "wealthy." However, if John's mortgage, car payments, student loans from medical school, medical bills for his child, and private school tuition for his other child consume most of his monthly income, he may not have much left for saving at the end of the month. Consequently, John may have a nice house, but he has virtually nothing saved up for retirement, college, or emergencies. That is, he may have a high income, but he is not "wealthy" because he owns little of the things in his life.

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wealth

noun

English Language Learners Definition of wealth

: a large amount of money and possessions

: the value of all the property, possessions, and money that someone or something has

: a large amount or number

wealth

noun
\ ˈwelth \

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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