see also: Rich
  • IPA: /ɹɪt͡ʃ/

rich (comparative richer, superlative richest)

  1. Wealthy: having a lot of money and possessions.
  2. Having an intense fatty or sugary flavour.
    a rich dish; rich cream or soup; rich pastry
    • Sauces and rich spices are fetched from India.
  3. Plentiful, abounding, abundant, fulfilling.
    a rich treasury; a rich entertainment; a rich crop
    • If life be short, it shall be glorious; / Each minute shall be rich in some great action.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book 2”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
      The gorgeous East with richest hand / Showers on her kings barbaric pearl and gold.
  4. Yielding large returns; productive or fertile; fruitful.
    rich soil or land; a rich mine
  5. Composed of valuable or costly materials or ingredients; procured at great outlay; highly valued; precious; sumptuous; costly.
    a rich endowment; a rich dress; rich silk or fur; rich presents
    • 1634 October 9 (first performance), [John Milton], H[enry] Lawes, editor, A Maske Presented at Ludlow Castle, 1634: […] [Comus], London: Printed [by Augustine Matthews] for Hvmphrey Robinson, […], published 1637, OCLC 228715864 ↗; reprinted as Comus: […] (Dodd, Mead & Company’s Facsimile Reprints of Rare Books; Literature Series; no. I), New York, N.Y.: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1903, OCLC 1113942837 ↗:
      rich and various gems
  6. Not faint or delicate; vivid.
    a rich red colour
  7. (informal, dated) Very amusing.
    The scene was a rich one.
    a rich incident or character
  8. (informal) Ridiculous, absurd, outrageous, preposterous.
  9. (computing) Elaborate, having complex formatting, multimedia, or depth of interaction.
    • 2003, Patricia Cardoza, Patricia DiGiacomo, Using Microsoft Office Outlook 2003
      Some rich text email messages contain formatting information that's best viewed with Microsoft Word.
    • 2008, Aaron Newman, Adam Steinberg, Jeremy Thomas, Enterprise 2.0 Implementation
      But what did matter was that the new web platform provided a rich experience.
  10. 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.
  11. (finance) Trading at a price level which is high relative to historical trends, a similar asset, or (for derivatives) a theoretical value.
    The ETF is trading rich to NAV right now; we can arb this by selling the ETF and buying the underlying constituents.
Synonyms Antonyms Translations Verb

rich (riches, present participle riching; past and past participle riched)

  1. (obsolete, transitive) To enrich.
  2. (obsolete, intransitive) To become rich.

Proper noun
  1. A male given name.
  2. Surname

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