noun (no plural)
a lot of money, land, or property:
He is a man of great wealth.
>> wealthy adjective (wealthier, wealthiest) same meaning rich:
a wealthy family
wealth W3 /welθ/ BrE AmE noun
[Date: 1200-1300; Origin: weal 'good condition of life, prosperity' (11-19 centuries), from Old English wela]
1. [uncountable] a large amount of money, property etc that a person or country owns:
The country’s wealth comes from its oil.
the distribution of wealth (=the way wealth is divided among the people of a country or society)
The purpose of industry is to create wealth.
2. a wealth of something a lot of something useful or good:
There is a wealth of information available about pregnancy and birth.
wealth [welθ] [welθ] noun
1. uncountable a large amount of money, property, etc. that a person or country owns
• a person of wealth and influence
• His personal wealth is estimated at around $100 million.
• the distribution of wealth in Britain
2. uncountable the state of being rich
• The purpose of industry is to create wealth.
• Good education often depends on wealth.
3. singular ~ of sth a large amount of sth
• a wealth of information
• The new manager brings a great wealth of experience to the job.
[wealth] Middle English welthe, from well ‘good’ or weal ‘for the best of someone/something’, on the pattern of health.
earn money/cash/(informal) a fortune
make money/a fortune/(informal) a killing on the stock market
acquire/inherit/amass wealth/a fortune
build up funds/savings
get/receive/leave (sb) an inheritance/a legacy
live on a low wage/a fixed income/a pension
get/receive/draw/collect a pension
depend/be dependent on (BrE) benefits/(NAmE) welfare/social security
spend money/your savings/(informal) a fortune on…
invest/put your savings in…
throw away/waste/ (informal) shell out money on…
lose your money/inheritance/pension
use up/ (informal) wipe out all your savings
pay (in) cash
use/pay by a credit/debit card
pay by/make out a/write sb a/accept a (BrE) cheque/(US) check
change/exchange money/currency (BrE) traveller's cheques/(US) traveler's checks
give/pay/leave (sb) a deposit
have/hold/open/close/freeze a bank account/an account
credit/debit/pay sth into/take money out of your account
deposit money/funds in your account
withdraw money/cash/£30 from an ATM, etc.
(formal) make a deposit/withdrawal
find/go to/use (especially NAmE) an ATM/(BrE) a cash machine/dispenser
be in credit/in debit/in the black/in the red/overdrawn
manage/handle/plan/run/ (especially BrE) sort out your finances
plan/manage/work out/stick to a budget
offer/extend credit (to sb)
arrange/take out a loan/an overdraft
pay back/repay money/a loan/a debt
pay for sth in (especially BrE) instalments/(NAmE usually) installments
get into debt/financial difficulties
be short of/ (informal) be strapped for cash
run out of/owe money
face/get/ (informal) be landed with a bill for £…
can't afford the cost of…/payments/rent
fall behind with/ (especially NAmE) fall behind on the mortgage/repayments/rent
incur/run up/accumulate debts
tackle/reduce/settle your debts
• He has no family with whom he can share his wealth.
• He lost his wealth through poor investment.
• He's never flaunted his wealth.
• It is a country of fabulous wealth.
• Rising employment and household wealth are bolstering spending.
• She enjoys enormous wealth and material pleasures.
• She is a woman of untold wealth.
• She wants to protect their new-found wealth.
• Switzerland has an enormous wealth of beautiful old buildings.
• The average family increased its net wealth by 50% between 1989 and 2001.
• The country's strong economy was built on its mineral wealth.
• The region possesses a vast natural wealth, particularly of timber.
• The website provides a wealth of information.
• This chapter contains a wealth of information in a very concise form.
• a redistribution of wealth through taxation
• a tax on inherited wealth
• the accumulated wealth from his business
• the great oil wealth of the region
• the kind of capital that generates new wealth
• the pursuit of instant wealth
• the relative wealth of the nation
• the total wealth of the global economy
• She called for a redistribution of wealth and power in society.
• There will undoubtedly be new taxes on corporate wealth.
• a woman of wealth and influence
Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary - 4th Edition
wealth / welθ / noun [ U ] (MONEY)
B2 a large amount of money or valuable possessions that someone has:
During a successful business career, she accumulated a great amount of wealth.
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1) N-UNCOUNT Wealth is the possession of a large amount of money, property, or other valuable things. You can also refer to a particular person's money or property as their wealth.
Economic reform has brought relative wealth to peasant farmers...
His own wealth grew.
2) N-SING: a N of n (emphasis) If you say that someone or something has a wealth of good qualities or things, you are emphasizing that they have a very large number or amount of them. [FORMAL]
...such a wealth of creative expertise...
The city boasts a wealth of beautiful churches.
wealth /ˈwɛlɵ/ noun
a : a large amount of money and possessions
• a nation/family that has acquired great wealth
• someone whose sole goal is the accumulation of wealth
b : the value of all the property, possessions, and money that someone or something has
• Her personal wealth is estimated to be around $10 billion.
• What percentage of the national wealth is spent on health care?
2 [singular] : a large amount or number
• I was impressed by the wealth of choices.
• Libraries offer a wealth of information.
share/spread the wealth : to share your money, goods, etc., with other people
• If your garden is overflowing, be a good neighbor and spread the wealth. [=give some of what is growing in your garden to neighbors]