\ 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

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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 According to Arkansas Department of Health reports and interviews, success doesn't always split predictably between urban and rural counties, wealthy and poor. Lisa Hammersly, Arkansas Online, "Rollout of shots in state at a snail's pace in places," 28 Feb. 2021 For the first time in five years, the value of investable art turned negative, forcing the wealthy to look for luxury investments in more unusual places. Ollie Williams, Forbes, "How The Pandemic Changed The Spending Habits Of The Super-Rich," 28 Feb. 2021 All of the bills drafted or introduced so far would spell the end of large direct contributions from wealthy individuals and some entities such as businesses. oregonlive, "Oregon voters want to limit money in politics, but lawmakers might not get there this session," 27 Feb. 2021 Archaeologists last year found in the same area on the outskirts of Pompeii, Civita Giulian, the skeletal remains of what are believed to have been a wealthy man and his male slave, attempting to escape death. Colleen Barry, Star Tribune, "Archeologists find intact ceremonial chariot near Pompeii," 27 Feb. 2021 And other wealthy neighborhoods, like Pacific Heights and Haight Ashbury, have a smaller proportion of their residents vaccinated than more affordable areas like Chinatown and Excelsior. Susie Neilson, San Francisco Chronicle, "Here's which San Francisco neighborhoods have the highest and lowest percentages of vaccinated people," 27 Feb. 2021 Why the state chose those wealthy communities over the low-income seniors in Delray Beach hasn’t been explained. Skyler Swisher, sun-sentinel.com, "Are ‘politics and personal relationships’ driving Florida’s vaccine distribution?," 27 Feb. 2021 James Ben Ali Haggin, a wealthy attorney and thoroughbred owner, built the mansion in the 1910s. Chanslor Gallenstein, National Review, "Recovering a Family Legacy, and a World-Class Bourbon," 27 Feb. 2021 The increasingly popular funds offer flexibility to wealthy individuals, who can get immediate tax breaks and retain the ability to advise on future distributions to charities without the restrictions that govern private foundations. Richard Rubin, WSJ, "Fidelity’s Charitable Arm Wins in Hedge-Fund Founders’ Lawsuit," 27 Feb. 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 5 Mar. 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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