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Pronunciation: /wɛlθ

Definition of wealth in English:


[mass noun]
1An abundance of valuable possessions or money: he used his considerable 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, opulence, riches, means, substance, luxury, well-being, plenty, deep pockets;
money, cash, lucre, capital, principal, treasure, fortune, finance;
assets, possessions, resources, effects, goods, funds, valuables;
property, stock, reserves, securities, holdings, belongings, chattels;
ill-gotten gains
informal wherewithal, dough, bread
archaic pelf
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.
2 [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, plethora, mine, store, treasury, copiousness, plenitude, amplitude, bounty, cornucopia
informal lot, load, heap, mass, pile, mountain, ocean, sea, stack, ton
British informal shedload
Australian/New Zealand informal swag
vulgar slang shitload
North American vulgar slang assload
3 archaic Well-being.


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

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