wealthy

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

Choose the Right Synonym for wealthy

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

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Germans are also likelier than Americans to blame the world’s ills on the wealthy, according Mr Zittelmann. The Economist, "Germany’s business barons are finding it harder to keep a low profile," 15 June 2019 One common gripe framed all these diverse issues: The wealthy had the means and influence not to be bothered by higher taxes and fees, or to avoid them altogether. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "Why Are the Western Middle Classes So Angry?," 13 June 2019 By 2009, the U.S. south was almost as wealthy as its neighboring regions, due to lower taxes and policies that created blue-collar jobs. Katherine Dunn, Fortune, "A Brand New Aerospace Giant: CEO Daily," 10 June 2019 States that had passed the earliest laws legalizing medical marijuana (Alaska, California, Colorado, Oregon and Washington) tended to be wealthier. Erika Edwards, NBC News, "Medical marijuana does not lower opioid overdose death rates, study finds," 10 June 2019 When ancient Romans were wealthier, their health was poorer. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's magazine, "Findings," 10 Apr. 2019 On the other, a Chelsea side getting used to life among the super wealthy. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "How English Soccer Figured Out the Champions League," 31 May 2019 Sweating sickness was confined almost exclusively to England during its outbreaks, ravaging the wealthy more often than the poor. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "The Cause of Prince Arthur Tudor's Death Remains a Medical Mystery," 13 May 2019 Until around the 1800s, pets as companion animals were often viewed as a luxury that only the wealthy could afford. Jen A. Miller, SELF, "When My Dog Died, I Discovered a Thriving Pet Funeral Industry I Never Knew Existed," 9 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of wealthy

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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wealthy

adjective

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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