Rich meaning

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The rich is defined as the group of people who are wealthy.

An example of the rich are those individuals making over $250,000 a year in some parts of the country.

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Highly varied, developed, or complex.

Rich musical harmonies; a rich cultural tradition.

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Well-supplied (with); abounding (in)

Rich in minerals.

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Highly amusing, often for being absurd or preposterous.
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Wealthy people considered as a group. Often used with the .

Taxes paid by the very rich.

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Abundant or productive, as:
  • Having an abundant supply.
    Meat is rich in protein.
  • Abounding in natural resources.
    A rich region.
  • Having many nutrients for plant growth; fertile.
    Rich land.
  • Very productive and therefore financially profitable.
    Rich seams of coal.
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Having more than enough of material possessions; owning much money or property; wealthy.
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Having abundant natural resources.

A rich country.

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Worth much; valuable.

A rich prize.

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Of valuable materials or fine, elaborate workmanship; costly and elegant.

Rich gifts.

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Elaborate; luxurious; sumptuous.

A rich banquet.

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Having an abundance of good constituents or qualities.
  • Full of nutritious or choice ingredients, esp. fats and sugar, and spices, etc.
    rich pastries.
  • Full of strength and flavor; full-bodied.
    rich coffee.
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Having a high proportion of fuel to air.

A rich fuel mixture.

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Abundant; plentiful; ample.

A rich fund of stories.

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Yielding or producing in abundance.

Rich soil, a rich silver mine.

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Wealthy: having a lot of money and possessions.
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Having a fatty, intense flavour.

A rich dish; rich cream or soup; rich pastry.

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A rich treasury; a rich entertainment; a rich crop.

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Yielding large returns; productive or fertile; fruitful.

Rich soil or land; a rich mine.

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Composed of valuable or costly materials or ingredients; procured at great outlay; highly valued; precious; sumptuous; costly.

A rich dress; rich silk or fur; rich presents.

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Not faint or delicate; vivid.

A rich red colour.

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(informal, dated) Very amusing.

The scene was a rich one.

A rich incident or character.

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(informal) Ridiculous, absurd.
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Used to form adjectives when combined with common nouns for things considered desirable in the context. The resulting adjectives usually mean "abounding in (common noun)".
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(computing) Elaborate, having complex formatting, multimedia, or depth of interaction.
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Of a fuel-air mixture, having less air than is necessary to burn all of the fuel; less air- or oxygen- rich than necessary for a stoichiometric reaction.
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(obsolete) To enrich.

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A diminutive of the male given name Richard.
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The definition of rich means having great value, worth or material wealth, or money, or containing ingredients to give something a heavy, deep flavor.

An example of someone rich is Bill Gates.

An example of something rich is a cup of dark hot chocolate with whipped cream and chocolate shavings on top.

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Having great material wealth.

He was so rich he didn't have to work.

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the rich
  • Wealthy people collectively.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

the rich

Origin of rich

  • Middle English riche from Old French (of Germanic origin) and from Old English rīce strong, powerful reg- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle English riche (“strong, powerful, rich"), from Old English rÄ«Ä‹e (“powerful, mighty, great, high-ranking, rich, wealthy, strong, potent"), from Proto-Germanic *rÄ«kijaz (“powerful, rich"), probably from Proto-Celtic *rÄ«gos (“of a ruler or king", genitive case), from Proto-Indo-European *reg- (“to straighten, direct, make right"). Cognate with West Frisian ryk (“rich"), Dutch rijk (“rich"), German reich (“rich"), Danish rig (“rich"), Icelandic ríkur (“rich"). The Middle English word was reinforced by Old French riche, from the same Proto-Germanic root.
    From Wiktionary
  • From Richard. The surname also derives from rich as a nickname.
    From Wiktionary