I. capitalist cap‧i‧tal‧ist 1 [ˈkæptl-st] noun [countable]
1. ECONOMICS someone who supports capitalism:

• The country has really changed; it's OK to be a capitalist now.

2. FINANCE someone who owns or controls a lot of money and lends it to businesses to create more wealth:

• The country has finally captured foreign capitalists' attention, if not yet their investment.

ˈventure ˌcapitalist FINANCE
someone who invests money in new businesses:

• In the fourth quarter, venture capitalists invested $317 million in computer-related business start-ups.

  [m0] II. capitalist capitalist 2 also capitalistic adjective ECONOMICS
using or supporting capitalism:

• leaders of the Group of Seven largest capitalist democracies

• Beijing agreed to maintain Hong Kong's capitalist system for at least 50 years.

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capitalist UK US /ˈkæpɪtəlɪst/ noun [C]
POLITICS a person who supports capitalism: »

He is broadly perceived as a free-market capitalist.

ECONOMICS a person who invests large amounts of money in a business or businesses: »

What is profitable for the individual capitalist may not be beneficial for the system as a whole.

See also VENTURE CAPITALIST(Cf. ↑venture capitalist)
capitalist UK US /ˈkæpɪtəlɪst/ adjective (also capitalistic)
ECONOMICS, POLITICS based on the system of capitalism: »

Competition, free enterprise, and profit are the values at the heart of the global capitalist system.


a capitalist society/democracy/economy


a capitalist country/nation/state

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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