\ 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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web The wealth will be used to advance the gospel and to help the poor and needy. The Rev. Mike Taylor, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Taylor: America is spiritually at half-staff, but help is on the way | COMMENTARY," 16 Apr. 2021 In addition, the Treasury Department targeted Russia’s sovereign wealth, prohibiting U.S. financial institutions from certain dealings with Russian sovereign debt. Ben Gittleson, ABC News, "US announces sweeping sanctions on Russia over cyber hack, election interference," 15 Apr. 2021 Any such suppression would reduce U.S. national wealth and increase that of foreign producers. Benjamin Zycher, National Review, "Where We are Headed: Making the U.S. Poorer and OPEC+ Richer," 15 Apr. 2021 But more than 7/8ths of the shares, representing $1.4 trillion of wealth creation, are owned by others. Wsj Staff, WSJ, "Read Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’s Letter to Shareholders," 15 Apr. 2021 Tech wealth is coming to South Los Angeles — but not in the way some other neighborhoods in the city have become accustomed to. Andrew Khouri, Los Angeles Times, "Can money from Silicon Valley save low-cost housing in South L.A.?," 15 Apr. 2021 The victims of his fraud, some of whom went overnight from comfortable wealth to frantic desperation, numbered in the thousands and were scattered from Palm Beach, Fla., to the Persian Gulf. New York Times, "Bernard Madoff, Architect of Largest Ponzi Scheme in History, Is Dead at 82," 14 Apr. 2021 In an accompanying speech, Biden said that the Fed should aggressively target persistent racial gaps in jobs, wages, and wealth. Bruce Bartlett, The New Republic, "Washington’s Inflation Hysteria Is Fueled by Corporate Greed," 14 Apr. 2021 Nelson, a former state lawmaker, does not have personal wealth to tap for the race. Scott Bauer, Star Tribune, "Wisconsin Treasurer Godlewski launches US Senate bid," 14 Apr. 2021

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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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The first known use of wealth was in the 13th century

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18 Apr 2021

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“Wealth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wealth. Accessed 23 Apr. 2021.

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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


\ 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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