capitalist

noun
cap·​i·​tal·​ist | \ ˈka-pə-tə-list How to pronounce capitalist (audio) , ˈkap-tə- \

Definition of capitalist

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a person who has capital especially invested in business industrial capitalists broadly : a person of wealth : plutocrat Charitable organizations often seek help from capitalists.
2 : a person who favors capitalism

capitalist

adjective
variants: or capitalistic \ ˌka-​pə-​tə-​ˈli-​stik How to pronounce capitalistic (audio) , ˌkap-​tə-​ \

Definition of capitalist (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : owning capital the capitalist class
2a : practicing or advocating capitalism capitalist nations
b : marked by capitalism capitalist period of history

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Other Words from capitalist

Adjective

capitalistically \ ˌka-​pə-​tə-​ˈli-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce capitalistically (audio) , ˌkap-​tə-​ \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for capitalist

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of capitalist in a Sentence

Noun capitalists who lost everything in the '29 Crash
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Democrats have groused that Myers' campaign was too slow out of the gate, that the millionaire venture capitalist should have seeded it with his personal fortune over the winter to build momentum. Chris Sikich, The Indianapolis Star, "Governor Eric Holcomb wins reelection in Indiana, AP says," 3 Nov. 2020 Splitting the large West Coast state has been brought up several times since the late 1800s, most recently in 2018, when a wealthy venture capitalist tried to get splitting the state on the ballot but was unsuccessful, according to NPR. Laura Schulte, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "As Wisconsin coronavirus surge continues, U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson claims 'we've flattened the curve,' says virus isn't a death sentence," 21 Oct. 2020 Fazio, a venture capitalist, opposes tolls and wants to cut income taxes and freeze tuition for public college students. Christopher Keating, courant.com, "These 20 races could determine if Democrats keep or expand control of Connecticut’s legislature," 14 Oct. 2020 Elon Musk is one such figure, someone who many consider a forward-thinking capitalist who is working to make the world a better place. Rey Mashayekhi, Fortune, "The system is ‘rigged’: Robert Reich on the Supreme Court, economic inequality, and his Twitter beef with Elon Musk," 12 Oct. 2020 Who knew that Joel Klein was a closet venture capitalist? Steven Levy, Wired, "Does the House Antitrust Report Mean That Tech Is Evil?," 9 Oct. 2020 Dan Levitan, a venture capitalist who backed Allbirds four years ago and remains an investor, said Messrs Brown and Zwillinger are, well, rare birds. John D. Stoll, WSJ, "Allbirds’ Dual-CEO Arrangement Is a Rare Specimen," 2 Oct. 2020 Peter Thiel, a gay venture capitalist, sits on the boards of Facebook and Palantir, among others. Chase Difeliciantonio, SFChronicle.com, "Gov. Newsom mandates diversity on California company boards with stroke of a pen," 30 Sep. 2020 About 40% of this year’s initial public offering volume has come from SPACs, and many prominent figures, such as venture capitalist Chamath Palihapitiya and former Citigroup Inc. banker Michael Klein, have vehicles still hunting for deals. Crystal Tse, Bloomberg.com, "Alec Gores SPAC Deal Turns $25,000 Into $80 Million in Months," 24 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective In the traditional capitalist model, the most efficient and capable company succeeds; in the new model, the company with the most funding wins. Charles Duhigg, The New Yorker, "How Venture Capitalists Are Deforming Capitalism," 23 Nov. 2020 The Queen embodied privilege and notions of hierarchical responsibility that, in a decade defined by capitalist excess, were quickly becoming old hat. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "When Wives Ran the World," 20 Nov. 2020 There is a staggering lack of diversity among America's financial regulators, meaning minorities have been largely excluded from crucial decisions about the capitalist system. Matt Egan, CNN, "Roger Ferguson, a top Black Wall Street exec who manages $1 trillion, steps down," 17 Nov. 2020 Northern capitalist core and toward most of humanity. Washington Post, "When America decided to rule the world," 2 Nov. 2020 The world’s second-biggest economy had become a market system that was fundamentally different from the capitalist model upon which most international trade laws and norms are predicated. Lydia Depillis, ProPublica, "Robert Lighthizer Blew Up 60 Years of Trade Policy. Nobody Knows What Happens Next.," 13 Oct. 2020 Both America and the EU may be capitalist democracies, but Europe is greener, more equal and more humane, argued Mr Macron in a speech last year. The Economist, "Charlemagne What Blackadder’s Baldrick says about Europe," 7 Nov. 2020 The desert factory, not the megacity, offers the best view of the capitalist sublime. Jason Farago, New York Times, "Rem Koolhaas Gives Beleaguered City Folk a Trip to the Countryside," 5 Nov. 2020 Jasieński’s fictional Paris, contorted by capitalist excess, includes a brothel of child prostitutes that cater to a pedophilic Parisian élite. Pasha Malla, The New Yorker, "“I Burn Paris” and the Temptation of Newly Topical Fiction," 30 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of capitalist

Noun

1774, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1845, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for capitalist

Noun

see capital entry 2

Adjective

see capital entry 2

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The first known use of capitalist was in 1774

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“Capitalist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/capitalist. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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capitalist

noun
How to pronounce capitalist (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of capitalist

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a person who has a lot of money, property, etc., and who uses those things to produce more money
: a person who believes that capitalism is the best kind of economic system

capitalist

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of capitalist (Entry 2 of 2)

: of or relating to capitalism : using capitalism as an economic system

capitalist

noun
cap·​i·​tal·​ist | \ ˈka-pə-tə-list How to pronounce capitalist (audio) \

Kids Definition of capitalist

1 : a person who has usually a lot of money which is used to make more money
2 : a person who supports capitalism

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