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wealth

[welth] /wɛlθ/
noun
1.
a great quantity or store of money, valuable possessions, property, or other riches:
the wealth of a city.
2.
an abundance or profusion of anything; plentiful amount:
a wealth of imagery.
3.
Economics.
  1. all things that have a monetary or exchange value.
  2. anything that has utility and is capable of being appropriated or exchanged.
4.
rich or valuable contents or produce:
the wealth of the soil.
5.
the state of being rich; prosperity; affluence:
persons of wealth and standing.
6.
Obsolete, happiness.
Origin
1200-1250
1200-50; Middle English welth (see well1, -th1); modeled on health
Related forms
wealthless, adjective
overwealth, noun
Synonyms
2. richness, amplitude, fullness. 3a. possessions, assets, goods, property, money. 5. opulence, fortune.
Antonyms
5. poverty.
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  • In different cultures wealth can be defined by things other than money.
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  • It was because of the peculiarly contradictory way in which the capitalist system generated its fabulous wealth.
  • The coalition government is in a muddle about taxing wealth.
  • The origins of wealth are as many and varied as the world's cultures.
  • These patricians don't need gaudy symbols to advertise their wealth.
  • Thanks to its indoor-outdoor connection and wealth of amenities, the courtyard has become a much-used addition to the home.
British Dictionary definitions for wealth

wealth

/wɛlθ/
noun
1.
a large amount of money and valuable material possessions
2.
the state of being rich
3.
a great profusion: a wealth of gifts
4.
(economics) all goods and services with monetary, exchangeable, or productive value
Derived Forms
wealthless, adjective
Word Origin
C13 welthe, from weal²; related to well1
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Word Origin and History for wealth
n.

mid-13c., "happiness," also "prosperity in abundance of possessions or riches," from Middle English wele "well-being" (see weal (n.1)) on analogy of health.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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