wealth

wealth
W3 [welθ] n
[Date: 1200-1300; Origin: weal 'good condition of life, prosperity' (11-19 centuries), from Old English wela]
1.) [U]
a large amount of money, property etc that a person or country owns
The country's wealth comes from its oil.
the distribution of wealth (=the way wealth is divided among the people of a country or society)
The purpose of industry is to create wealth .
2.) a wealth of sth
a lot of something useful or good
There is a wealth of information available about pregnancy and birth.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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