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


variants: or capitalistic \ ˌka-​pə-​tə-​ˈli-​stik How to pronounce capitalist (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

Other Words from capitalist


capitalistically \ ˌka-​pə-​tə-​ˈli-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce capitalist (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 The 40-year-old entrepreneur and DJ wed venture capitalist Carter Reum in a lavish three-day extravaganza beginning on Nov. 11. Ally Mauch,, 18 Nov. 2021 In an essay in January 2020, venture capitalist Matthew Ball also took a stab at creating explicit definitions of the metaverse. Gary Fowler, Forbes, 15 Nov. 2021 The stars reunited at Hilton's fairytale Bel Air wedding to venture capitalist Carter Reum Thursday, with Richie posing for a pic with the blushing bride. Quinci Legardye, Harper's BAZAAR, 13 Nov. 2021 Venture capitalist Tim Draper has said that bitcoin could top $250,000 by the end of next year. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, 27 Oct. 2021 Changes wrought by the pandemic, including the large-scale shift to remote work and rapid growth of new technology products, have contributed to a dire escalation in cyberattacks, venture capitalist Sarah Guo said. Heather Somerville, WSJ, 20 Oct. 2021 That event’s schedule featured a cement company, an oil giant, and at least one leading venture capitalist. Samanth Subramanian, Quartz, 18 Oct. 2021 When the venture capitalist Aileen Lee coined the term unicorn, in 2013, there were 39 of them—roughly four minted every year. Arielle Pardes, Wired, 14 Oct. 2021 Since its inception, the digital outlet found favor with Silicon Valley’s deep pockets, raising over $70 million from Axel Springer, Powell Jobs’ Emerson Collective, SuRo Capital, and billionaire venture capitalist Marc Lasry. Megan Leonhardt, Fortune, 7 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective In fact, some are even insisting that the show is secretly a pro-capitalist allegory, somehow. Dani Di Placido, Forbes, 21 Oct. 2021 When 60 percent of stock-market gains have come on dates that the Fed made a policy announcement, the stock markets have been driven not by capitalist supply and demand, but by investor reactions to mostly misguided governmental calculations. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 13 Mar. 2021 Ratajkowski frames the development of her political consciousness as a process born of self-consciousness, a cancerous and consuming view of the self that the writer argues was pushed on her by patriarchal capitalist society. Jordan Taliha Mcdonald, Vulture, 9 Nov. 2021 Subtitled in 31 languages and dubbed in 13, Hwang Dong-hyuk’s allegory about modern capitalist society and class disparity hit Netflix’s No. 1 spot in 90 countries. NBC News, 6 Oct. 2021 Feinberg’s job is to calculate the monetary value of lives lost—to turn names into dollars and cents—in a chilling role befitting our capitalist society. David Sims, The Atlantic, 4 Sep. 2021 Startup investor Will Lin recently wrote a series of articles about the future of security from a venture capitalist perspective. Robert Fly, Forbes, 19 Oct. 2021 According to Dalio’s research and metrics, the US and China are still the most capitalist countries. Samanth Subramanian, Quartz, 15 Oct. 2021 The irony of the underprivileged dying for the delectation of foreign V.I.P.s is a concept that travels well, as Netflix has discovered, but Hwang’s stylishly blunt critique of capitalist spectacle may land even harder at home. The New Yorker, 14 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of capitalist


1774, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1845, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for capitalist


see capital entry 2


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“Capitalist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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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



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

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


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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