Definition of wealth in English:



  • 1An abundance of valuable possessions or money:

    ‘he used his considerable wealth to bribe officials’
    • ‘For there are many such people who would never dream of obtaining money and wealth either at the expense of others, or by ill-gotten gains.’
    • ‘Possessed of wealth and power, they offered only promises to the poor.’
    • ‘African Americans today only have eight cents for every dollar of wealth that White Americans possess.’
    • ‘Thus, our productivity, wages and standards of living, our money and our wealth, are continually at risk.’
    • ‘Considered a good people manager, he is a man of considerable private wealth and property.’
    • ‘Class evolved through the possession of wealth and property.’
    • ‘New taxes on wealth could redistribute money from older, better off Australians into education, health, and unemployment accounts for young Australians.’
    • ‘The public has a claim on part of that money not only because of their contribution to private wealth, but because the public needs the money to create the kind of society we want in the future.’
    • ‘Only 2 percent of all taxpayers possess enough wealth to pay an estate tax, and more than half the tax is paid by a minuscule 4,000 families a year.’
    • ‘This often leaves those regarded as having acquired wealth illegally in full possession and under no obligation to compensate anyone for previous wrongdoing.’
    • ‘In terms of this law, public officials who exhibit a lifestyle above their official means are prosecuted unless they can prove legitimate possession of this wealth.’
    • ‘He used some of his wealth to bribe officials of the Great Court, and through them, he knew everything that passed before the Queen.’
    • ‘In Dijon as elsewhere, these elites enjoyed considerable wealth, property, and status.’
    • ‘It is wrong and stupid to impose the brunt of the reforms on the socially weak while ignoring all those who possess large incomes and wealth.’
    • ‘They are enjoying unprecedented wealth, earning easy money from the lucrative gambling trade which now funds their previously impoverished communities.’
    • ‘Thus, he uses his wealth to bribe union officials to allow him to arrange for a private ward to be opened purely for the convenience of his father.’
    • ‘The one advantage he did possess was inherited wealth, which he pledged to spend for the benefit of others.’
    • ‘Those who had paid their debts had more control over their work, and some seem to have accumulated considerable wealth in savings and jewellery.’
    • ‘Such work has most often been done with the papers of men of national importance or considerable wealth whose papers were substantial.’
    • ‘Reducing inequality almost always requires redistributing wealth from the rich to the poor.’
    • ‘However, an economic model that does not include the creation of wealth is about as valuable as an ecological model that does not include reproduction or predation.’
    affluence, prosperity, opulence, riches, means, substance, luxury, well-being, plenty, deep pockets
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    1. 1.1 The state of being rich; material prosperity:
      ‘some people buy boats and cars to display their wealth’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Traditionally, material comfort, wealth, and security are the least of the concerns of forest dwellers.’
      prosperity, prosperousness, successfulness, affluence, riches, fortune, opulence, luxury, comfort, life of ease, the good life, milk and honey
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    2. 1.2 Plentiful supplies of a particular resource:
      ‘the country's mineral wealth’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Millions have died in this area in the past decade, for land, for gold, for power, for control of mineral wealth, and now there's an oil boom, without any oil.’
      • ‘The peace agreement provides a formula for southern rebels and the government to share political power and the country's oil wealth and other natural resources.’
      • ‘The Japanese also had their eye on the rubber plantations, mineral wealth and oil reserves of the Dutch East Indies.’
      • ‘A small segment of the population has prospered from the oil wealth.’
      • ‘Until recently, there were nine different armies competing for food and access to the local mineral wealth.’
      • ‘Bordered by nine countries, its mineral wealth is brazenly plundered, made possible by an infernally weak state in which corruption, violence and lawlessness are rife.’
      • ‘Nor does Europe compare with, say, Africa for mineral wealth.’
      • ‘A study of 113 countries concludes that oil and mineral wealth tends to make countries less democratic.’
      • ‘It is also an open secret that most of wars in Africa are induced by external forces with the lust to spirit away minerals and oil wealth from the continent.’
      • ‘He treated the vast mineral wealth of his country as something for him to sell off to the highest international bidders.’
      • ‘But after the loss of Sicily and Sardinia he wanted to add Spain's mineral wealth and manpower to Carthage's resources, thus enabling it to fight a new war effectively when war came.’
      • ‘A spokesman for the department said it was its duty under the Minerals Act to protect all mineral reserves and ensure the mineral wealth is protected for the benefit of the Exchequer.’
      • ‘In his 15 years in power, he often said he believed the mountains of Namibia were full of mineral wealth which had yet to be tapped.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Of course the fabled mineral wealth of the country was a good reason why there were so many visitors in the first place, as the many stories of plunder and looting by famous invaders testify.’
      • ‘Northern Afghanistan has the mineral wealth and the infrastructure to help lead the rest of the country back to economic health if its leaders can get their act together.’
      • ‘In 1952 a post-war government anxious to exploit its mineral wealth granted sweeping planning permission to quarrying firms in places like the Peak District.’
      • ‘Perth is something of a boom town, due to the immense mineral wealth of the state of Western Australia.’
      • ‘Those resources might be land or industry or mineral wealth or the environment.’
      • ‘They were put to work in remote areas to fell trees, mine the country's mineral wealth and open up the vast and empty land tracts of the far north and east.’
  • 2[in singular] A plentiful supply of a particular desirable thing:

    ‘the tables and maps contain a wealth of information’
    • ‘Research has yielded a wealth of information about the buildings and its occupation in the late 15th century by Mr Snawsell, goldsmith, senior alderman and a Lord Mayor of York.’
    • ‘Organised by Ballina Parish Choir, this event will feature a wealth of local talent and special guests, Janet Harbison and members of the National Harp Orchestra.’
    • ‘He has a wealth of international experience behind him, but just as it has taken him a while to find a club and a team where he is happy and productive, it could be that his best days for Ireland are still ahead.’
    • ‘There is a wealth of evidence that the support given to children in the first three to five years makes far more difference than, say, how universities select among those who have made the grade at 18.’
    • ‘The fellow I was talking to was himself South African; he had a wealth of information, and only a few minutes to share his rich and politically charged experiences.’
    • ‘He gave us a wealth of information about the KGB.’
    • ‘She shares our vision and aspirations for this unique venture, and brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to the project.’
    • ‘She has a wealth of hilarious and eye-watering stories garnered from 45 years in the profession, which she tells with practised ease and the delivery of a professional comedian.’
    • ‘The event will be held on Saturday, April 16, and will also feature a wealth of objects collected during the Victorian era when exploration was a fashionable pastime of the wealthy.’
    • ‘Bradford has a wealth of wonderful walks that people want to be able to enjoy - the Council has a duty to make sure rights of way stay open.’
    • ‘The tradition of weather watching or amateur forecasting in Ireland has been passed on from generation to generation and has brought with it a wealth of lore and anecdotal observations.’
    • ‘Researchers and community activists supplied conference participants with a wealth of ideas.’
    • ‘He is a fitness leader and gym instructor with a wealth of qualifications and eight years' experience of helping people improve, maintain and achieve their fitness objectives.’
    • ‘And it supplies a wealth of advice on deciding whether to go solo in the first place.’
    • ‘As well as being an attractive feature of the Lakeland hills, dry-stone walls also play a role in managing livestock as well as their nooks and crannies being home to a wealth of wildlife.’
    • ‘She was a cultured woman, a great raconteur with a wealth of stories and anecdotes, a keen observer of life and above all she was a deeply religious woman, with a special devotion to St Padre Pio.’
    • ‘He brings a wealth of executive experience from previous roles in both the public and private sector to the mutual, non-profit friendly society.’
    • ‘For nine days, the hikers will travel across the Cederberg Mountains, which offer stunning scenery, a vast array of preserved bushman artwork and a wealth of flora and fauna.’
    • ‘This week's testimony has made it much clearer that there was a wealth of intelligence available in the summer of 2001 indicating that a major terrorist attack was coming.’
    • ‘‘We supply them with a wealth of information twice a month,’ she said.’
    abundance, profusion, plethora, mine, store, treasury, copiousness, plenitude, amplitude, bounty, cornucopia
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  • 3archaic Well-being.


Middle English welthe, from well or weal, on the pattern of health.