\ ˈwel-thē 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 \ adverb
wealthiness \ˈwel-thē-nəs \ 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

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Lamont, a wealthy businessman from Greenwich who is also bankrolling his own campaign, said $3. Daniela Altimari, courant.com, "Politics and the Price of Milk," 14 July 2018 The report also reveals Mr. Cohen’s advocacy for another pharmaceutical company, one the report says has ties to an investment firm associated with Viktor Vekselberg, a wealthy Russian businessman now under U.S. sanctions. Michael Rothfeld, WSJ, "Novartis Played Down Ties to Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen, Report Says," 13 July 2018 The 58-year-old will face Democrat Fred Hubbell, a wealthy businessman, in November. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "From California House races to women winning big, 9 things to know about Tuesday's primaries," 7 June 2018 In addition to being wonderfully written, Invisible Hands tells the story of the wealthy businessmen who campaigned against Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal and built a coalition of both big and small businesses to influence Washington. Emily Heller, Vox, "The New Yorker’s Jane Mayer recommends 3 books about money and American politics," 5 June 2018 That was far more than even Cox, a wealthy businessman who had $124,017 cash on hand as of May 19, the most recent fundraising disclosure period. Joe Garofoli, San Francisco Chronicle, "Gavin Newsom grabs early lead in CA governor’s race — John Cox second," 5 June 2018 The bill was supported by the libertarian Goldwater Institute and the conservative Americans for Prosperity, which is backed by the wealthy brothers Charles and David Koch. Ken Thomas, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump signs bill for terminal patients to try unproven drugs," 30 May 2018 In Paradise Hills, Roberts’ character Uma, the daughter of a wealthy businessman, is kidnapped and sent to a high-class treatment facility on an isolated island. Wendy Sy, Allure, "Emma Roberts Gives Us Another Glimpse of Her Pink Hair on Instagram," 11 May 2018 The birth wipes Marlo out, and her wealthy brother (Mark Duplass), alluding to an earlier episode of postpartum depression, insists on hiring her a highly credentialed night nanny who will mind the baby and bring it to mom only to nurse. J.r. Jones, Chicago Reader, "Like Juno, Diablo Cody's Tully is a tale of motherhood and waning youth," 10 May 2018

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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 \
wealthier; wealthiest

Kids Definition of wealthy

: having a lot of money or possessions : rich

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occurring twice a year or every two years

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