\ 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

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

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As the pool of potential homebuyers becomes more wealthy and selective because of the market’s rising costs, the need to upgrade older homes to be competitive drives additional renovation. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Rising labor costs send the price of house construction skyward," 17 Dec. 2018 China’s increasingly wealthy people want more and better food on their plates. Raymond Zhong, BostonGlobe.com, "China’s taste for soybeans is a weak spot in trade war with Trump," 9 July 2018 Kidnappings for ransom targeting family members of wealthy people are common in Nigeria, an oil-rich nation of nearly 200 million people and Africa’s most populous country. Washington Post, "Nigeria captain hid dad’s abduction, played World Cup match," 3 July 2018 This is not the right time to be cutting the estate tax for the wealthiest people in the state. Christopher Keating, courant.com, "Republicans Continue Campaign Against Connecticut's 'Death Tax'," 21 June 2018 Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn have accused Raniere of forming a barbaric secret society within NXIVM, a group that over the years has attracted a following of minor celebrities and wealthy people. NBC News, "NXIVM founder Keith Raniere's lawyers call Justice Department 'morality police'," 6 June 2018 Does this reflect a poor understanding of economic fundamentals or the protection of wealthy property owners at the expense of the working class in California? WSJ, "More Housing Would Mean Cheaper Housing," 25 Jan. 2019 On Day 34 of the government shutdown, the Trump administration showed its white wealthy bonafides. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "With Ill-Conceived Government Shutdown Commentary, Wilbur Ross and Lara Trump Prove Just How Out of Touch They Are," 24 Jan. 2019 In 1981, Malcolm proposed to his editors an annual ranking of the wealthiest Americans—something that had not been attempted before. Jonathan Greenberg, Town & Country, "How to Get a Spot Among the Billionaires on the Forbes 400 List," 15 Jan. 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 \
wealthier; wealthiest

Kids Definition of wealthy

: having a lot of money or possessions : rich

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