Definition of well-off in English:



  • 1Wealthy.

    ‘her family is quite well-off’
    • ‘The researchers found more wealthy residents in one city knew and completely trusted their neighbours than was the case in well-off parts of another city.’
    • ‘Less well-off families find it as much of a necessity as wealthy ones, and fuel duties have raised the overall tax burden on poorer families.’
    • ‘He is being urged to reform inheritance tax so that less well-off people would be taxed less.’
    • ‘Ultimately, taxation is the only fair and secure way to mobilise the wealth of the well-off for the benefit of the disadvantaged.’
    • ‘All the money goes to charity and what is not used to help out the less well-off at Christmas is distributed to Waterford charities, so all the money stays local.’
    • ‘History suggests several steady, reliable ways to become well-off or even wealthy.’
    • ‘Only relatively well-off societies can afford to be blasé about wealth.’
    • ‘If you want have well-off families, you have to have a wealth-creating economy in place.’
    • ‘To attract well-off and wealthy customers, the company will need to offer better than average rates.’
    • ‘On tax, he said: ‘We are relatively well-off, but we fail to share our wealth equitably.’’
    • ‘This helps the less well-off who spend a greater share of their income on products such as clothes; it hits the better-off, who spend more on services.’
    • ‘‘The studies show there's as much drug use in well-off areas as in poor neighbourhoods,’ he says.’
    • ‘Her father, Leonard, who made and lost three fortunes on the New York Stock Exchange, was well-off at the time of her marriage, but no longer wealthy.’
    • ‘Both the wealthy and the moderately well-off use these trusts to minimise the amount of tax their estate will pay.’
    • ‘Widespread bitterness and resentment can occur where most people are well-off, if a portion of the population is excessively wealthier.’
    • ‘Our sense of what it is to be reasonably well-off keeps changing, the threshold keeps rising-even though all of us are much better off than people were hundreds of years ago.’
    wealthy, rich, affluent, moneyed, cash rich, with deep pockets, well off, prosperous, opulent, substantial, comfortable, propertied
    fortunate, lucky, comfortable, well placed, in a fortunate position, in a privileged position, thriving, successful, flourishing
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    1. 1.1 In a favorable situation or circumstances.
      ‘they were well-off without her’
      • ‘Economic and agency theory also predict that unions will encourage strikes despite the relatively well-off positions of their members.’
      • ‘There was a half-brother, too, a bad egg who was nevertheless well-off because of his father's fortunes.’
      well supplied with, well stocked with, well furnished with, well equipped with
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