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well-off

adjective
     
well-off comparative better-off, superlative best-off
1 having a lot of money, or enough money to have a good standard of living [≠ badly-off]:
children from well-off families
Many pensioners are less well-off (=have less money) than they used to be.
see usage note rich
2

be well-off for something

having plenty of something, or as much of it as you need:
We're well-off for public transport here.
3

you don't know when you're well-off

British English spoken used to tell someone that they are more fortunate than they realize
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rich, well-off, wealthy, affluent, prosperous
Rich is a very direct way of saying that someone has a lot of money and possessions one of the richest women in America Well-off means fairly rich, so you can buy most things. People are more likely to describe themselves as 'well-off' than 'rich' My parents were pretty well-off.Wealthy is a slightly more formal word meaning rich, especially over a long period of time He came from a wealthy family.Affluent and prosperous are fairly formal words, often used to describe societies where the economy is successful and the standard of living is good.Affluent means rich enough to have things like expensive cars and holidays People are becoming increasingly affluent.Prosperous means rich and successful the more prosperous regions of the countrySee also rich

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