Meaning of “economist” in the English Dictionary

"economist" in British English

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economistnoun [ C ]

uk /iˈkɒn.ə.mɪst/ us /iˈkɑː.nə.mɪst/


  • As an economist, he was able to shed some light on the problem.
  • Many economists expect unemployment to fall over the next couple of months.
  • Some economists think that full employment in Europe is an unattainable goal.
  • Most economists think his theories are sheer bunk.
  • Economists differ on the cause of inflation.

(Definition of “economist” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"economist" in American English

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economistnoun [ C ]

us /ɪˈkɑn·ə·məst/

a person who studies or has a special knowledge of economics

(Definition of “economist” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"economist" in Business English

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economistnoun [ C ]

uk /ɪˈkɒnəmɪst/ us ECONOMICS

someone whose work is to study the way in which economies work, or who studies developments within a particular economy:

Mr Toledo is a former World Bank economist.
chief/leading/senior economist Leading economists have warned of the dangers that could arise from 'globalized' inflation.

The Economist™noun

uk us

trademark a newspaper produced every week in London, which publishes international politics and business news and opinion:

As Matthew Bishop of The Economist points out in this issue, a rise of 10 mobile phones per 100 people boosts the rate of growth of GDP by 0.6 percentage points a year.

(Definition of “economist” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)