\ 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 Their lives are rather celebrated, since their parents tend to be wealthy and connected. Cathy Hackl, Forbes, "Five Kids From The Future," 18 Apr. 2021 Money certainly would not be a problem; Sands is wealthy enough to finance her campaign. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, "Wealthy ex-Trump ambassador moves toward Pennsylvania Senate race," 15 Apr. 2021 Some, like Fred Wilpon, the former owner of the New York Mets, were wealthy. Joe Nocera Bloomberg Opinion, Star Tribune, "Bernie Madoff left behind only misery and heartache," 15 Apr. 2021 To be wealthy and alive in 1913 meant your tax rate capped-off at 7%. Peter Dunn, USA TODAY, "Worried about higher taxes? Here's which investment vehicles to choose depending on where you think taxes are going.," 4 Apr. 2021 Greenberg often mentioned to local leaders how his family was wealthy and powerful. Martin E. Comas, orlandosentinel.com, "As Joel Greenberg’s star rose, Matt Gaetz became a vocal ally. Now sex trafficking probes take aim at both," 1 Apr. 2021 According to tax experts, the more immediate impact of raising the corporate tax will fall squarely on shareholders— many of whom are wealthy and in some cases even foreign. Sarah Ewall-wice, CBS News, "What a corporate tax hike could mean for Americans," 1 Apr. 2021 Hepp said CoreLogic knows mortgage applications for secondary home purchases have doubled in a year — but the actual number of secondary home sales is unclear because many buyers are wealthy and don’t need a mortgage. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego home price hits new record: $673K," 29 Mar. 2021 In the United States, basic mental-health care remains a luxury item; there’s a reason that the most fluent speakers of the trending argot tend to be wealthy and white. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, "The Rise of Therapy-Speak," 26 Mar. 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 7 May. 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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