\ 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

Examples of wealthy in a Sentence

He is a wealthy entrepreneur. the wealthiest nations in the world
Recent Examples on the Web Primarily, a lower tax rate incentivizes the wealthy to find ways to convert earnings from labor into capital income to reduce their tax bill. Steven Pressman, The Conversation, "Democratic plans for raising taxes on the rich: A guide for the middle class," 7 Feb. 2020 Bloomberg, one of the world’s wealthiest men with a net worth approaching $60 billion, isn’t asking for money. Brian Slodysko, Fortune, "Biden’s poor Iowa caucus result could spell trouble for his campaign as nomination push heats up," 5 Feb. 2020 Hunger turned to desperation, and eighteen months ago, her farming family begged a wealthy man for a loan to get them through the worst drought Afghanistan had seen in decades. National Geographic, "In Afghanistan, climate change complicates future prospects for peace," 3 Feb. 2020 The politician has repeatedly come out against tax increases for the wealthy, won’t support gun control legislation, and has been intensely pro-Trump’s border wall, which Swift believes makes her a dangerous force on Capitol Hill. Elly Belle, refinery29.com, "Who Is Marsha Blackburn? The Senator Taylor Swift Called “Trump In A Wig”," 31 Jan. 2020 Russia’s wealthiest man, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, had been jailed in 2003 for refusing to cease his dabbling in politics. Garry Kasparov, The New York Review of Books, "A Popular Front to Stop Trump," 28 Jan. 2020 Superficially, the kinship made sense: both Jackson and Trump were wealthy men whose elections signified a populist turn in American politics. Jelani Cobb, The New Yorker, "Trump, Impeachment, and the Short-Term Thinking of the G.O.P.," 26 Jan. 2020 The result is two wealthy men, both of whom rose to prominence in Manhattan by slapping their names on their business empires, slugging it out in classic New York style. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, "Michael Bloomberg has burrowed his way under President Trump's skin," 25 Jan. 2020 As a result, the ultra wealthy have detached from the rest of the planet. Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "Billionaires Really Do Know Each Other," 22 Jan. 2020

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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 18 Feb. 2020.

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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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