wealthy

adjective
\ ˈwel-thē How to pronounce wealthy (audio) also ˈwelt-thē \
wealthier; wealthiest

Definition of wealthy

1 : having wealth : very affluent
2 : characterized by abundance : ample

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Other Words from wealthy

wealthily \ ˈwel-​thə-​lē How to pronounce wealthily (audio) \ adverb
wealthiness \ ˈwel-​thē-​nəs How to pronounce wealthiness (audio) \ noun

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rich, wealthy, affluent, opulent mean having goods, property, and money in abundance. rich implies having more than enough to gratify normal needs or desires. became rich through shrewd investing wealthy stresses the possession of property and intrinsically valuable things. wealthy landowners affluent suggests prosperity and an increasing wealth. an affluent society opulent suggests lavish expenditure and display of great wealth, more often applying to things than people. an opulent mansion

Examples of wealthy in a Sentence

He is a wealthy entrepreneur. the wealthiest nations in the world
Recent Examples on the Web Many wealthy people fled big cities, finding a haven in their countryside homes or even a wellness center on Bali. Raphael Minder, New York Times, "Wandering a Grand Hotel Emptied by Coronavirus, and Checking 1,400 Taps," 17 May 2020 Woolman also wrote a pamphlet called A Plea for the Poor, which argued that societies’ wealthiest people and organizations had a duty to share their wealth more freely. Adam Harris, The Atlantic, "When Quakers Become Takers," 9 May 2020 And of course, very wealthy people can and at least sometimes do set up charities and donations to ultimately benefit themselves, which would not be generous. Benjamin A. Priday, The Conversation, "Rich folks aren’t that stingy after all," 7 May 2020 Making such decisions based on life expectancy can also reinforce historic discrimination because of health disparities between poor people — who are often people of color — and wealthier people, according to Center, of Disability Rights. Mallory Moench, SFChronicle.com, "California to re-work coronavirus ethics guidelines deemed ‘terrifying’ by seniors and the disabled," 30 Apr. 2020 The sum is substantial in a country where the president has been fundraising from wealthy people to help respond to the virus and its economic disruption. Rodney Muhumuza, The Christian Science Monitor, "A different plague: Africa battles next big wave of locusts," 10 Apr. 2020 The sum is substantial in a country where the president has been fundraising from wealthy people to help respond to the virus and its economic disruption. NBC News, "New, larger wave of locusts threatens millions in Africa," 10 Apr. 2020 The sum is substantial in a country where the president has been fund-raising from wealthy people to help respond to the virus and its economic disruption. Rodney Muhumuza, BostonGlobe.com, "New, larger wave of locusts threatens millions in Africa," 10 Apr. 2020 Many bequests from wealthy people who had died made possible the creation of new national universities. Daisy Alioto, The New York Review of Books, "Plagues and Pandemics: Further Reading," 27 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of wealthy

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Wealthy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wealthy. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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wealthy

adjective
How to pronounce wealthy (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of wealthy

: having a lot of money and possessions

wealthy

adjective
\ ˈwel-thē How to pronounce wealthy (audio) \
wealthier; wealthiest

Kids Definition of wealthy

: having a lot of money or possessions : rich

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