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Definition of rich adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (richer, richest)
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    with a lot of money
  1. 1having a lot of money or property one of the richest women in the world Nobody gets rich from writing nowadays. (slang) to be filthy/stinking (= extremely)rich opposite poor
  2. 2the rich noun [plural] people who have a lot of money or property It's a favorite resort for the rich and famous. opposite the poor
  3. 3(of a country) producing a lot of wealth so that many of its people can live at a high standard the richest countries/economies/nations opposite poor
  4. full of variety
  5. 4very interesting and full of variety the region's rich history and culture She leads a rich and varied life.
  6. containing/providing something
  7. 5rich (in something) (often in compounds) containing or providing a large supply of something Oranges are rich in vitamin C. The area is rich in wildlife. His novels are a rich source of material for the movie industry. iron-rich rocks opposite poor
  8. food
  9. 6containing a lot of fat, butter, eggs, etc. and making you feel full quickly a rich creamy sauce a rich chocolate cake
  10. soil
  11. 7containing the substances that make it good for growing plants in synonym fertile a rich well-drained soil opposite poor
  12. colors/sounds
  13. 8(of colors, sounds, smells, and tastes) strong or deep; very beautiful or pleasing rich dark reds
  14. expensive
  15. 9(literary) expensive and beautiful synonym sumptuous The rooms were decorated with rich fabrics.
  16. criticism
  17. 10(informal) used to say that a criticism someone makes is surprising and not reasonable, because they have the same fault Me? Lazy? That's rich, coming from you! compare richness
  18. Thesaurusrichwealthy prosperous affluent well-off comfortableThese words all describe someone who has a lot of money, property, or valuable (of a person) having a lot of money, property, or valuable possessions; (of a country or city) producing a lot of wealth so that many of its people can live at a high standardwealthy richrich or wealthy?There is no real difference in meaning between these two words. Both are very frequent, but rich is more frequent and can be used in some fixed phrases where wealthy cannot:He's stinking/filthy wealthy. It's a favorite resort for the wealthy and famous.prosperous (somewhat formal) rich and successfulaffluent (somewhat formal) rich and with a good standard of living:affluent Western countriesprosperous or affluent?Both prosperous and affluent are used to talk about people and places. Prosperous is used much more than affluent to talk about times and periods. Affluent is often used to contrast rich people or societies with poor ones. Being prosperous is nearly always seen as a good thing:It's good to see you looking so prosperous. It's good to see you looking so affluent.well-off (often used in negative sentences) rich:His family is not very well off.comfortable having enough money to buy what you want without worrying about the cost:They're not millionaires, but they're certainly very comfortable.Patterns a(n) rich/wealthy/prosperous/affluent/well-off family a rich/wealthy/prosperous/well-off man/woman a(n) rich/wealthy/prosperous/affluent country/cityIdioms
    strike it rich (informal)
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    to get a lot of money, especially suddenly or unexpectedly
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