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 Chamath Palihapitiya, the venture capitalist behind Virgin Galactic’s public debut, has launched three new special purpose acquisition companies seeking more than $2 billion in total. Crystal Kim, Bloomberg.com, "Serial SPAC Sponsors Hunt Bigger Game, Draw Greater Confidence," 21 Sep. 2020 Last month, backlash ensued after a Twitter post by venture capitalist Jason Calacanis, who sought a teacher for two to seven students in his backyard in San Francisco. Roland Li, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Area startups connect families, teachers for coronavirus pods amid huge demand," 5 Sep. 2020 But Samwer always claimed Rocket wasn’t a typical venture capitalist. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, "The humbling of Europe’s most-hyped startup incubator: Rocket Internet," 1 Sep. 2020 Sun Lijun, China’s then-vice minister of public security, met in a hotel suite in Shenzhen in May 2017 with Elliott Broidy, a venture capitalist and, at the time, national deputy finance chairman of the RNC, according to... Aruna Viswanatha And Rebecca Ballhaus, WSJ, "New Details Revealed of RNC Fundraiser’s Lobbying for China," 24 Aug. 2020 On Tuesday, Tailwind Acquisition, a blank check company formed by Krim and venture capitalist Chris Hollod, filed to raise $300 million through an initial public offering. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "Casper’s CEO is filing for a blank check company. What does he plan to buy?," 19 Aug. 2020 Steve Westly, a Silicon Valley venture capitalist who has known Harris for more than 20 years, said her dynamic presence serves her well in the staid world of political fund-raising. Brian Slodyskoand Will Weissert, BostonGlobe.com, "Biden raises $26M in 24 hours after Harris VP announcement," 13 Aug. 2020 Veteran forward and venture capitalist Andre Iguodala opined Monday on the coffee business that teammate Jimmy Butler has been running out of his room at Disney. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "Kendrick Nunn works with Heat reserves; Goran Dragic likely playoff starter," 17 Aug. 2020 The strength of China’s $14trn state-capitalist economy cannot be wished away. The Economist, "The Chinese economic model Xi Jinping is reinventing state capitalism. Don’t underestimate it," 13 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective There is much room for improvement in the effort to prevent China from using the open nature of the U.S. economy to promote not only its state capitalist model, but also to perfect its surveillance police state. H. R. Mcmaster, National Review, "China’s Statist System Is No Match for Free Markets," 24 Sep. 2020 Lomotif, based in Singapore, is backed by venture capitalist firms including Beijing’s China Creation Ventures, Singapore’s TNF Ventures, and StartX, a Palo Alto, Calif.-based incubator. Fortune, "These 5 apps are up-and-comers with Gen Z, report says," 23 Sep. 2020 In this month's edition of Talking Shop, Sandimirova tells us about their experience launching Automic Gold, from struggling to understand a capitalist society's obsession with branding to rejecting the ridiculous notion of standard sizes. Olivia Harrison, refinery29.com, "The Founder Of This Inclusive Jewelry Brand Wants You To Leave Your “Amazon Mindset” At The Door," 17 Sep. 2020 To conservatives, corporations are the pinnacle of capitalist development. Bruce Bartlett, The New Republic, "How Corporations Pillaged the Free Market," 14 Sep. 2020 Roger McNamee, the venture capitalist and early investor in Facebook, has correctly argued that the protections of Section 230 are inconsistent with algorithmic amplification. David Chavern, Wired, "Section 230 Is a Government License to Build Rage Machines," 14 Sep. 2020 This is similar to how China created a special economic zone in Shenzhen to connect the country to the capitalist world and afford urban pockets greater economic freedom to experiment without a wholesale change of the national economic system. James Griffiths, CNN, "Hong Kong set the bar for charter cities. But it's not a blueprint that can be transported," 12 Sep. 2020 Britain and China had agreed in 1984 that after the handover, Hong Kong would be guaranteed its capitalist lifestyle and freedoms for 50 years. Laurel Chor, National Geographic, "Hong Kong mourns the end of its way of life as China cracks down on dissent," 1 Sep. 2020 Social Capital Hedosophia Holdings II is a partnership between millionaire venture capitalist Palihapitiya and longtime investor Ian Osborne. Crystal Tse, Bloomberg.com, "Opendoor In Talks to List Via Social Capital II Merger," 10 Sep. 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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26 Sep 2020

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“Capitalist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/capitalist. Accessed 1 Oct. 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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