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

Croesus, deep pocket, fat cat, have, money, moneybags, plutocrat, silk stocking

Antonyms: Noun

have-not, pauper

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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

But the forces of light have been prevailing over the crony capitalists for a brief moment, if GOP reformers in Congress can extract changes. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Honey, We Shrunk the Ex-Im Bank," 1 May 2019 At an annual conference of top venture capitalists in Shanghai in late April, several major investors admitted that too much money went to start-ups that could go public quickly. New York Times, "ZTE’s Near-Collapse May Be China’s Sputnik Moment," 10 June 2018 Venture capitalists, cofounders and CEOs of on-demand companies like Lyft, Handy and Instacart have called for the development of portable benefits programs. Juliana Feliciano Reyes, The Seattle Times, "A new app gives paid time off to the ‘original gig workers’," 15 Jan. 2019 The people making money here typically fall into three categories: Venture capitalists, who can keep their shares and ride their horse through the public markets. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "The 2019 IPO class headlined by Uber will create a ton of new wealth. Will the billions go to mansions or missions?," 20 Dec. 2018 Wealthy people — and more specifically, capitalists — have long used their fortunes to do good, shape public policy, and even to try to make amends for wrongs their companies may have caused, experts say. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, "A challenge to help the poor offers winners $10 million in grants," 17 Apr. 2018 On Monday, meal-kit service Munchery shut after cycling through myriad business models and more than $100 million from brand-name venture capitalists. Rob Copeland, WSJ, "Silicon Valley’s Unbridled Optimism Gets Fresh Reality Check," 22 Jan. 2019 Venture capitalists, who largely decamped to the Peninsula in the 1970s, have started moving back north, too. Natasha Mascarenhas, SFChronicle.com, "The new Silicon Valley has cable cars and an orange bridge," 12 July 2018 Image For decades, the path to success for start-ups was clear: raise money from venture capitalists, and either start trading in the public markets or sell to a bigger competitor. New York Times, "Despite Caution Over Cryptocurrency, Investors Are Bullish," 27 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Russia was invited to join in 1998 as a way to encourage capitalist reforms in the country, turning it into the G-8. Washington Post, "The Group ponders whether its Seven, Eight, Six-Plus-One?," 9 June 2018 But so is the sense that some fundamental promise of America has been lost in the name of progress weighted too heavily toward one side of our capitalist ledger. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Gritty’s evolution from googly-eyed hockey mascot to meme to leftist avatar, explained," 24 Dec. 2018 Yeah, the Michael Douglas thing, but the capitalist system works when everyone pursues his own self-interest, maximizes his own income and as if by magic, the invisible hand somehow makes us all better off. Eric Johnson, Recode, "American capitalism broke in the 1980s. Can it be fixed?," 7 Nov. 2018 Southwest is an example of something that happens time and again in a capitalist economy. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Herb Kelleher," 8 Jan. 2019 Sweden was neutral during the Cold War and theoretically treated all parties, capitalist and communist, the same. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Swedish Pilots Win Medals for Top Secret 1987 SR-71 Incident," 29 Nov. 2018 Mainstream veganism—like mainstream wellness and nutrition—does not often cover the abuse that brown and black and immigrant folks are going through within the capitalist cycle. Amy Quichiz, SELF, "10 Vegans of Color on What Being Vegan Means to Them," 6 Jan. 2019 Mainstream women’s liberation did not seek to reimagine the world and its capitalist underpinnings. Zoey Grossman; Fashion Editor: Cassie Anderson, Harper's BAZAAR, "Uzo Aduba, Katie Holmes & Ieshia Evans Reenact Iconic Images of Social Change," 20 Nov. 2018 Lenin thought that capitalist countries in China’s position were doomed to a series of wars and revolutions. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "Imperialism Will Be Dangerous for China," 17 Sep. 2018

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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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capitalist

noun

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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