Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “capitalism”

See all translations

capitalism

noun [U]  /ˈkæp·ɪ·t̬əlˌɪz·əm/ us  
politics & government an economic system based on private ownership of property and business, with the goal of making the greatest possible profits for the owners
capitalist
adjective  /ˈkæp·ɪ·t̬əl·ɪst/ ( also capitalistic,  /ˌkæp·ɪ·t̬əlˈɪs·tɪk/) us  
The US has a capitalist economy.
capitalist
noun [C]  /ˈkæp·ɪ·t̬əl·ɪst/ us  
Anyone can be a capitalist.
Translations of “capitalism”
in Chinese (Traditional) 資本主義…
in Russian капитализм…
in Turkish kapitalizm, bir tür siyasi ve ekonomik sistem…
in Chinese (Simplified) 资本主义…
in Polish kapitalizm…
(Definition of capitalism from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of capitalism?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “capitalism” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

lamb

a young sheep, or the flesh of a young sheep eaten as meat

Word of the Day

The way we move (Verbs for walking and running)

by Kate Woodford,
March 25, 2015
​​​ This week we’re looking at interesting ways to describe the way that people move. Most of the verbs that we’ll be considering describe how fast or slow people move. Others describe the attitude or state of mind of the person walking or running. Some describe both. Starting with verbs for walking slowly,

Read More 

stackin’ p

March 30, 2015
idiom slang earning a lot of money ‘That’s a very generous present.”Yeah, well, she’s stackin’ p, innit?’

Read More