\ ˈwelth How to pronounce wealth (audio) also ˈweltth \

Definition of wealth

1 : abundance of valuable material possessions or resources
2 : abundant supply : profusion
3a : all property that has a money value or an exchangeable value
b : all material objects that have economic utility especially : the stock of useful goods having economic value in existence at any one time national wealth
4 obsolete : weal, welfare

Examples of wealth in a Sentence

a nation that has acquired great wealth someone whose sole goal is the accumulation of wealth Her personal wealth is estimated to be around $10 billion. What percentage of the national wealth is spent on health care? I was impressed by the wealth of choices. Libraries offer a wealth of information.
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Recent Examples on the Web Martin’s platform included equal rights for women, labor rights, a wealth tax, and support for a worldwide League of Peace. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 4 Jan. 2022 Congress has not moved forward on passing a wealth tax. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, 20 Dec. 2021 Congress has yet to pass a wealth tax, although other Democratic politicians have expressed their support for one. Fortune, 15 Dec. 2021 Warren proposed wealth tax legislation earlier this year that would impose a 2% tax on the net worth of individuals and trusts worth more than $50 million and less than $1 billion, and 3% on those holdings of $1 billion or more. Chris Isidore, CNN, 15 Dec. 2021 He would in no way be hit by his father’s wealth tax, which would be levied only on people with $1 billion in assets or $100 million or more in income over three consecutive years. New York Times, 10 Dec. 2021 The wealth tax, or Varlik Vergisi, was a policy of the Turkish Republic instituted in 1942. David I. Klein, sun-sentinel.com, 17 Nov. 2021 Nevertheless, Wyden’s wealth tax proposal has been judged DOA in Congress. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 16 Nov. 2021 Go ahead, try to tax the unrealized stock gains of billionaires, a wealth tax of questionable constitutionality. Andy Kessler, WSJ, 31 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of wealth

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4

History and Etymology for wealth

Middle English welthe, from wele weal

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“Wealth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wealth. Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of wealth

: a large amount of money and possessions
: the value of all the property, possessions, and money that someone or something has
: a large amount or number


\ ˈwelth How to pronounce wealth (audio) \

Kids Definition of wealth

1 : a large amount of money or possessions
2 : a great amount or number a wealth of ideas

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