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Meaning of “rich” in the English Dictionary

"rich" in British English

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richadjective

uk   us   /rɪtʃ/
  • rich adjective (MONEY)

A2 having a lot of ​money or ​valuable possessions: He's the third richest man in the ​country. They're one of the world's richest ​nations. He is ​determined to get rich ​quickly.

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  • rich adjective (HAVING A LOT OF STH)

B2 containing a ​largeamount of a ​valuablenaturalsubstance such as ​coal, ​oil, or ​wood: The ​region is rich inminerals and ​coaldeposits. The ​country has ​vastoilreserves and rich ​deposits of other ​minerals.rich in sth B2 containing a lot of something good or ​useful: Pineapple ​juice is rich in ​vitamins A and B. The ​Englishlanguage is rich in ​vocabulary. Rich ​land or ​soilcontains a ​largeamount of ​substances that ​helpplants to ​grow: the richest ​arableland in the ​country-rich used in ​compounds to say that someone has a lot of a ​particular thing, or that something ​contains a lot of a ​particularsubstance : This ​type of ​pensionplan is ​popular with ​businessowners or property-rich ​investors. One of the ​mysteries of ​ourtimes is why some oil-rich ​countries have so many ​poorliving in them. a ​recipe for a vitamin-rich ​vegetablesoup containing a lot of ​excitingevents or ​experiences and ​therefore very ​interesting: He has written a ​book about the island's rich history. She had a rich and ​variedlife and ​met many ​famous and ​excitingpeople. If the ​style of something such as a ​piece of ​furniture or a ​building is rich, it ​contains a lot of ​decoration: The ​temple is ​noted for ​its rich ​carvings.
  • rich adjective (ATTRACTIVE)

A rich ​colour, ​sound, ​smell, or ​taste is ​strong in a ​pleasing or ​attractive way: This ​lipstick gives ​long-lasting rich ​colour. She ​produced a rich, ​deeptone from her ​clarinet. The ​wine has a rich ​aromaticflavour. A rich ​material is very ​beautiful and ​valuable: She ​wore a ​velvetskirt and a rich ​brocadejacket.

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  • rich adjective (UNFAIR)

[after verb] used to ​describe someone's ​opinions when that ​person has the same ​badqualities as the ​person they are ​criticizing: The ​education minister's ​criticism of the new ​examsystemseems rich, ​considering it was he who ​demanded the ​changes in the first ​place. "He said I ​lookedfat." "That's a ​bit rich coming from him." (= he himself is ​fat)

richnoun [plural]

uk   us   /rɪtʃ/
the rich C1 rich ​peopleconsidered together as a ​group: The ​resort is ​frequented by the rich and ​famous.

-richsuffix

uk   us   /-rɪtʃ/
(Definition of rich from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"rich" in American English

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richadjective [-er/-est only]

 us   /rɪtʃ/
having a lot of ​money or ​valuable possessions; ​wealthy: a rich man The ​UnitedStates is one of the world’s richest ​nations. Rich also ​means made of something ​beautiful and ​expensive or ​valuable: a rich ​brocadejacket
having or ​containing a ​largeamount of something ​desirable or ​valuable: The ​country is rich in ​oil, ​minerals, and ​timber. Orange ​juice is rich in ​vitamin C. The ​island has a rich and ​complexhistory Earth that is rich ​contains a ​largeamount of ​substances that ​helpplants to ​grow. If the ​style or ​decoration of something, such as a ​piece of ​furniture or a ​building, is rich, it has a ​largeamount of ​valuable and ​beautifuldecoration.
(of ​food) ​containing a ​largeamount of ​oil, ​butter, ​eggs, or ​cream: This ​chocolatebuttercream is too rich for me.
(of a ​color, ​sound, ​smell, or ​taste) ​strong in a ​pleasing or ​attractive way: The ​fields were ​bathed in a rich, red-gold ​light from the setting ​sun. He has a rich, ​resonantvoice.

richplural noun

 us   /rɪtʃ/
  • rich plural noun (WEALTHY)

people who have a lot of ​money or ​valuable possessions: The ​resort is ​crowded with the rich and ​famous in ​winter.
(Definition of rich from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"rich" in Business English

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richadjective

uk   us   /rɪtʃ/
having a lot of ​money or ​valuable possessions: He's the third richest man in Britain. All of the world's richest ​nations were ​invited to ​attend the ​summit. We're not rich but we ​try to give to ​charity as often as we can. get rich Her only ​aim is to get rich quickly. The rich are getting richer while the ​poor are getting ​poorer.
NATURAL RESOURCES containing a large ​amount of a ​valuablenatural substance such as coal, ​iron, or wood: The country has vast ​oilreserves and rich ​deposits of other ​minerals.be rich in sth The ​region is rich in ​minerals and coal ​deposits.

richnoun

uk   us   /rɪtʃ/
the rich people who have a lot of ​money or ​valuable possessions: The very rich really can't begin to understand the problems of ordinary ​people.
(Definition of rich from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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