Meaning of well off in English:

well off

Pronunciation /wɛlˈɒf/

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  • 1Wealthy.

    ‘her family are quite well off’
    • ‘tax rises for the well-off’
    • ‘History suggests several steady, reliable ways to become well-off or even wealthy.’
    • ‘Both the wealthy and the moderately well-off use these trusts to minimise the amount of tax their estate will pay.’
    • ‘To attract well-off and wealthy customers, the company will need to offer better than average rates.’
    • ‘Ultimately, taxation is the only fair and secure way to mobilise the wealth of the well-off for the benefit of the disadvantaged.’
    • ‘Widespread bitterness and resentment can occur where most people are well-off, if a portion of the population is excessively wealthier.’
    • ‘He is being urged to reform inheritance tax so that less well-off people would be taxed less.’
    • ‘Less well-off families find it as much of a necessity as wealthy ones, and fuel duties have raised the overall tax burden on poorer families.’
    • ‘On tax, he said: ‘We are relatively well-off, but we fail to share our wealth equitably.’’
    • ‘Only relatively well-off societies can afford to be blasé about wealth.’
    • ‘If you want have well-off families, you have to have a wealth-creating economy in place.’
    • ‘Our sense of what it is to be reasonably well-off keeps changing, the threshold keeps rising-even though all of us are much better off than people were hundreds of years ago.’
    • ‘‘The studies show there's as much drug use in well-off areas as in poor neighbourhoods,’ he says.’
    • ‘All the money goes to charity and what is not used to help out the less well-off at Christmas is distributed to Waterford charities, so all the money stays local.’
    • ‘This helps the less well-off who spend a greater share of their income on products such as clothes; it hits the better-off, who spend more on services.’
    • ‘The researchers found more wealthy residents in one city knew and completely trusted their neighbours than was the case in well-off parts of another city.’
    • ‘Her father, Leonard, who made and lost three fortunes on the New York Stock Exchange, was well-off at the time of her marriage, but no longer wealthy.’
    wealthy, rich, affluent, moneyed, cash rich, with deep pockets, well-to-do, prosperous, opulent, substantial, comfortable, propertied
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    1. 1.1In a favourable situation or circumstances.
      ‘they were well off without her’
      • ‘There was a half-brother, too, a bad egg who was nevertheless well-off because of his father's fortunes.’
      • ‘Economic and agency theory also predict that unions will encourage strikes despite the relatively well-off positions of their members.’
      well supplied with, well stocked with, well furnished with, well equipped with
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