\ 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

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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

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He is a wealthy entrepreneur. the wealthiest nations in the world

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Democrats said that 80 percent of the money collected from the pass-through entity tax will be paid by wealthy people earning more than $500,000 per year, including about 63 percent paid by those earning more than $1 million per year. Christopher Keating, courant.com, "Gov. Lamont pushes “Connecticut turnaround’’ on CNBC," 11 July 2019 Complaints about delays in the health care system have become legion, with wealthier people resorting to private insurance. Peter S. Goodman, New York Times, "The Nordic Model May Be the Best Cushion Against Capitalism. Can It Survive Immigration?," 11 July 2019 Marcus and his wife, Billi, joined the Giving Pledge — a coalition of the world’s wealthiest people committed to giving away at least half their fortunes — in 2010. BostonGlobe.com, "Vermont tax in e-cigarettes tax effect," 2 July 2019 Rating: Mostly true Mr. Trump's tax law does disproportionately benefit wealthier people -- who pay overall more in taxes -- than lower-income families. CBS News, "Fact check: The first Democratic primary debate, Day 2," 28 June 2019 There are also too many wealthy people representing us for such a poor state. Julia O'donoghue, nola.com, "What I learned from the Louisiana Legislature," 28 June 2019 In England, about 10% of people — mostly wealthier people — elect for private coverage, which can yield faster access to care. Jon Greenberg, Scientific American, "Democrats Divided on “Medicare for All” in First Debate," 27 June 2019 Opponents retort that Illinoisans are already among the most heavily taxed of all Americans, and warn that the changes will spur wealthy people to leave, sapping growth. The Economist, "More liberal, functional Illinois," 21 June 2019 Speaking to a room full of obscenely wealthy people on Tuesday, Joe Biden took a break from asking for money to praise a segregationist—in the name of civility, of course. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "America, We Need to Talk," 20 June 2019

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First Known Use of wealthy

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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