Definition of “rich” - English Dictionary

“rich” in British English

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richadjective

uk /rɪtʃ/ 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 large amount of a valuable natural substance such as coal, oil, or wood:

The region is rich in minerals and coal deposits.
The country has vast oil reserves 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 English language is rich in vocabulary.

Rich land or soil contains a large amount of substances that help plants to grow:

the richest arable land 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 particular substance :

This type of pension plan is popular with business owners or property-rich investors.
One of the mysteries of our times is why some oil-rich countries have so many poor living in them.
a recipe for a vitamin-rich vegetable soup

containing a lot of exciting events or experiences and therefore very interesting:

He has written a book about the island's rich history.
She had a rich and varied life and met many famous and exciting people.

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, deep tone from her clarinet.
The wine has a rich aromatic flavour.

A rich material is very beautiful and valuable:

She wore a velvet skirt and a rich brocade jacket.

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richnoun [ plural ]

uk /rɪtʃ/ us /rɪtʃ/

-richsuffix

uk / -rɪtʃ/ 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/

rich adjective [ -er/-est only ] (WEALTHY)

having a lot of money or valuable possessions; wealthy:

a rich man
The United States is one of the world’s richest nations.

Rich also means made of something beautiful and expensive or valuable:

rich adjective [ -er/-est only ] (HAVING A LOT)

having or containing a large amount 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 complex history

Earth that is rich contains a large amount of substances that help plants to grow.

If the style or decoration of something, such as a piece of furniture or a building, is rich, it has a large amount of valuable and beautiful decoration.

rich adjective [ -er/-est only ] (FOOD)

(of food) containing a large amount of oil, butter, eggs, or cream:

This chocolate butter cream is too rich for me.

rich adjective [ -er/-est only ] (COLOR/SOUND)

(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, resonant voice.

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 /rɪtʃ/ us

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 valuable natural substance such as coal, iron, or wood:

The country has vast oil reserves and rich deposits of other minerals.
be rich in sth The region is rich in minerals and coal deposits.

richnoun

uk /rɪtʃ/ us
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)