Definition of rich in English:


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Pronunciation: /rɪtʃ


  • 1Having a great deal of money or assets; wealthy: a rich and famous family (as plural noun the rich) every day the split between the rich and the poor widens
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    • You can't argue that somehow this very rich family needs this money.
    • Simply shifting money from the rich to the poor is not the right way.
    • So, what are these schemes and are they worth considering if you find yourself in the position of being ‘asset rich but income poor’?
    wealthy, affluent, moneyed, well off, well-to-do, with deep pockets, prosperous, opulent, substantial, propertied; North American silk-stocking
    informal rolling in money, rolling in it, in the money, loaded, stinking rich, filthy rich, well heeled, flush, made of money, quids in, worth a packet, worth a bundle, on easy street
    informal , • dated oofy
  • 1.1(Of a country or region) having valuable natural resources or a successful economy: rich countries can afford to spend money on the environment
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    • The implication is that protecting manufacturing industries accounts for the success of rich countries.
    • To the extent that the rich countries have bigger economies and more export trade, there is some truth in this claim.
    • The G8 summit at Gleneagles next week will discuss the likely impact of high oil prices on the global economy and what the rich countries of the west ought to do in response.
  • 1.2Of expensive materials or workmanship; demonstrating wealth: rich mahogany furniture
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    • The narrower the layer of individuals enjoying success and the greater their wealth, the less rich the material and the less enduring the art.
    • Sage opened the door to see a fancy room with a fair sized bed, everything in the room looked rich and expensive as well.
    • Here, as in other places, Kent's elegant furniture and rich decoration anticipated the interiors of Robert Adam.
    sumptuous, opulent, luxurious, luxury, deluxe, palatial, lavish, lavishly appointed, gorgeous, splendid, magnificent, resplendent, lush, plush, costly, expensive, upmarket, fancy, stylish, elegant, exquisite, grandiose
    informal posh, ritzy, swanky, plushy, classy, glitzy
    British informal swish
    North American informal swank
    rare palatian, Lucullan
  • 1.3Generating wealth; valuable: not all footballers enjoy rich rewards from the game
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    • To emphasise the lack of incident, City didn't carve out an effort on goal until more than 30 minutes had passed but at least when they did it brought rich reward.
    • The long journey North played havoc with the travelling Blues support, but there was rich reward for the faithful fans who travelled.
    • The cabinet system at local level brings rich rewards for councillors in Bexley's cabinet.
  • 3Producing a large quantity of something: novels have always been a rich source of material for the film industry
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    • Europe, a rich source of exciting, and, for the most part, inexpensive signings, in the second half of the 1990s is now seemingly ignored.
    • ‘I've had letters published in Australia which have proved a rich source of stories,’ said Rob.
    • Keighley is a rich source of new stories and I look forward to uncovering more of them.
  • 3.1(Of land) having the properties necessary to produce fertile growth: the city is surrounded by rich agricultural land
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    • That's why I look at the rich agricultural land in Aberdeenshire and ask what can be done to make it generate more income and more jobs.
    • Physiographic provinces range from the High Tatras in the north to the rich agricultural lands of the plains and the Danube Basin to the south.
    • It was surrounded by rich agricultural land, while the river Wensum gave opportunities for trade with Europe.
  • 3.2(Of a mine or mineral deposit) yielding a large quantity of precious metal: one of the richest phosphate mines in the West
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    • At the moment, there is a lot of interest in the mining industry about the potential of discovering rich mineral deposits in the area.
    • A class of gentlemen farmers was emerging in Chile, some of whom had made their fortunes as a result of Chile's rich mineral deposits.
    • There are rich mineral deposits and huge timber reserves, but these are largely unexploited, and lack of foreign exchange has led to food shortages.
  • 5Interesting because full of variety: what a full, rich life you lead!
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    • Waterloo's culture is rich and full of interesting facts, periods and places.
    • George led a full and rich life that has touched and brought joy to many of us.
    • Roundabout at Bangalow is a delight - subtle, amusing and full of rich details that bring much of the last century to life.
  • 6 informal (Of a remark) causing ironic amusement or indignation: these comments are a bit rich coming from a woman with no money worries
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    • Gerry Adams said it was a bit rich of David Trimble to belatedly complain about his little trip to London to deliver an important speech.
    • So it's a bit rich for Mr Rudd to come out and criticise the Government over relations with PNG.
    • Criticism of over-specialisation is a bit rich from one who is herself exactly that, a haematologist.
    preposterous, outrageous, unreasonable, absurd, ironic, ridiculous, ludicrous, laughable, risible
    informal a bit much, a joke, a laugh, priceless
    British informal over the top, OTT, a bit thick



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  • Some subtle curving and sculpting has richened the essential shape.
  • In contrast to the Japanese-style sweets sold at Mister Donut, Chang said his recipe is based on the traditional confection, with a crisp outer layer and chewy texture inside that richens the taste.
  • This richens the colour by decreasing the amount of reflection and will give you that deep blue sky you want in your holiday photographs.


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  • There are times when I feel spoilt by the richness of art on display in this country.
  • The fabric of the city has a magnificent contrapuntal complexity and richness.
  • The series had the texture and richness of a fine novel, while remaining effective drama.


Old English rīce 'powerful, wealthy', of Germanic origin, related to Dutch rijk and German reich; ultimately from Celtic; reinforced in Middle English by Old French riche 'rich, powerful'.

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