\ 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 wealthy (audio) \ adverb
wealthiness \ ˈwel-​thē-​nəs How to pronounce wealthy (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
Recent Examples on the Web And most Republicans say no amount of funding for roads and bridges — a longtime bipartisan idea — can make up for the tax increases on the wealthy. Jennifer Haberkorn, Los Angeles Times, "Biden’s infrastructure bill will face uphill battle in Congress," 1 Apr. 2021 The second spending package may include proposals that would increase income taxes on the wealthy, the New York Times reported. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "Biden infrastructure plan funded by corporate taxes, imperiling business support," 31 Mar. 2021 Since his campaign, Biden has supported a massive increase in corporate taxes and income taxes on the wealthy. The Editors, National Review, "Biden’s Unnecessary Infrastructure Binge," 31 Mar. 2021 Tax hikes on the wealthy, most likely changes to the top rates, are expected to pay for the human capital investments coming in two weeks. Jonathan Lemire, Fortune, "From broadband to bridges—Biden to unveil $2 trillion infrastructure plan on Wednesday," 31 Mar. 2021 Tax hikes on the wealthy, most likely changes to the top rates, are expected to pay for the human capital investments coming in two weeks. Lisa Mascaro, Star Tribune, "Beyond bridges: Biden redefines infrastructure to add people," 30 Mar. 2021 To raise revenue, Biden has proposed hiking taxes on the wealthy. Matt Egan, CNN, "Goldman Sachs: Biden's tax hikes won't be as big as he wants," 22 Mar. 2021 President Joe Biden said anyone earning more than $400,000 a year would see a tax increase under his forthcoming economic program, highlighting the administration’s plans to address inequality in part through levies on the wealthy. al, "Biden vows tax increase for anyone earning more than $400,000," 18 Mar. 2021 The White House has indicated a preference for tax increases on the wealthy and corporations. Steve Chapman, chicagotribune.com, "Column: We don’t need Biden’s infrastructure binge," 17 Mar. 2021

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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 11 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of wealthy

: having a lot of money and possessions


\ 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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