empire builder

noun

: one whose aim or achievement is the formation of an empire: such as
a
: one whose aim and activities are chiefly designed to and usually do notably increase the territory of or controlled by a country or notably enhance a country's authority and dominion
b
: one whose aim and achievement is the extension of control (as financial or political) over a large territory or an extensive enterprise or set of related enterprises

Word History

First Known Use

1856, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of empire builder was in 1856

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“Empire builder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/empire%20builder. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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