Definition of wealth in English:


Syllabification: wealth
Pronunciation: /welTH


  • 1An abundance of valuable possessions or money: he used his wealth to bribe officials
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    • Such work has most often been done with the papers of men of national importance or considerable wealth whose papers were substantial.
    • Considered a good people manager, he is a man of considerable private wealth and property.
    • Class evolved through the possession of wealth and property.
    affluence, prosperity, riches, means, substance, fortune; money, cash, lucre, capital, treasure, finance; assets, possessions, resources, funds; property, stock, reserves, securities, holdings
    informal wherewithal, dough, moola
  • 1.1The state of being rich; material prosperity: some people buy boats and cars to display their wealth
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    • Traditionally, material comfort, wealth, and security are the least of the concerns of forest dwellers.
    • I dislike the fur trade when it exists in order for rich women to display their wealth, and am in favour of it when it helps not-rich people to stay warm in cold places.
  • 1.2Plentiful supplies of a particular resource: the country’s mineral wealth
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    • His mismanagement of the economy and his corruption exacerbated the poverty of the population, which was thus unable to benefit from the country's wealth in mineral resources.
    • We haven't used the massive resources that have been made available by mineral and petroleum wealth over the last 15 years, and those projects are all coming to an end.
    • Those resources might be land or industry or mineral wealth or the environment.
  • 1.3 [in singular] A plentiful supply of a particular desirable thing: the tables and maps contain a wealth of information
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    • ‘We supply them with a wealth of information twice a month,’ she said.
    • And it supplies a wealth of advice on deciding whether to go solo in the first place.
    • Researchers and community activists supplied conference participants with a wealth of ideas.
    abundance, profusion, mine, store, treasury, bounty, bonanza, cornucopia, myriad
    informal lot, load, heap, mass, mountain, stack, ton
    formal plenitude
  • 1.4 archaic Well-being; prosperity.


Middle English welthe, from well1 or weal2, on the pattern of health.

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