\ 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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Celebrities and other wealthy individuals can use them to protect themselves from others talking about them. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "What Happens If You Break an NDA? Jordyn Woods Is Reportedly About to Find Out," 28 Feb. 2019 Still, the penthouse purchase represents the most expensive home ever bought in the wealthiest country on earth. Kaitlin Menza, House Beautiful, "The Most Expensive Home Ever Sold In The U.S. Is In 220 Central Park South," 24 Jan. 2019 In the Lancet paper, for example, cancer survival rates were the most consistently high in the world’s wealthiest countries, including the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Finland, Norway, Iceland, and Sweden. Julia Belluz, Vox, "We’re making real progress against cancer. But you may not know it if you’re poor.," 8 Jan. 2019 That will look very different from a wealthy, egalitarian country where cancer is one of the biggest causes of death. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Genetics play less of a role in lifespan than we thought," 8 Nov. 2018 The Geneva show became a big deal because Switzerland is a wealthy country with no domestic automakers. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Ford skips Geneva, showing auto show crisis and why Detroit must change," 3 July 2018 Ward chronicles Jared's upbringing in a close knit and wealthy family in New Jersey. Emma Dibdin, Town & Country, "Josh Kushner’s Parents Apparently Banned Karlie Kloss From Family Gatherings," 19 Mar. 2019 In 2006, ProPublica editor Daniel Golden stumbled on Kushner's admission while writing a book about how wealthy donors to elite colleges routinely get their kids into those schools who otherwise wouldn't make the cut. Bridget Read, Vogue, "People Are Talking About How Jared Kushner Got Into Harvard (Again)," 13 Mar. 2019 Meanwhile, some wealthier white families use their identities and access to ensure their children never have to experience the challenges and barriers that typically come with education in the United States. Jenn M. Jackson, Teen Vogue, "Access to Education for Black Children Proves Difficult for Their Parents, Creating a Disadvantage," 13 Mar. 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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