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

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 Real estate technology companies are finally getting some major attention from venture capitalists. Rebecca Maitland, Houston Chronicle, "Realtor of the week: Clint Nabors part of award-winning real estate team," 16 Feb. 2018 Last year, overall investment in space startups by venture capitalists climbed to a record $2.8 billion, according research firm CB Insights. Pavel Alpeyev, Bloomberg.com, "Who Needs $20 Million? Moon Race Still on Without Google's Prize," 12 Mar. 2018 The Ruby isn’t funded by venture capitalists or outside investors. Caille Millner, San Francisco Chronicle, "Ruby offers communal work space for women," 1 Feb. 2018 Some venture capitalists are thinking inside the box again. Katie Roof, WSJ, "Inside the Box: Subscription E-Commerce Startups Show Resilience," 14 Feb. 2019 Many fail, so like venture capitalists who back Silicon Valley startups, studio executives have to account for the costs of several failures in addition to a few successes when budgeting new programming. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "HBO, CNN, DC Comics, and more could join a streaming video service under AT&T," 10 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 But instead the South, which is already one of the most capitalist nations in the world (Samsung’s revenue in 2017 was $216 billion or roughly 15 percent of the nation’s entire GDP), stands in danger of becoming a virtual corporatocracy. David Volodzko, The New Republic, "The Corporate Gangs Who Could Profit From Trade With North Korea," 26 June 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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