Meaning of “socialist” in the English Dictionary

"socialist" in British English

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socialistnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈsəʊ.ʃəl.ɪst/ us /ˈsoʊ.ʃəl.ɪst/

a supporter of socialism or member of a socialist political party:

He was a socialist all his life.

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  • He was a committed socialist.
  • The country is run on socialist principles.
  • The party has watered down its socialist ideals in order to sui to the centre ground.
  • The socialist party have been in office for almost ten years.
  • A committed socialist, he upheld the rights of the voiceless and the underprivileged.


uk /ˈsəʊ.ʃəl.ɪst/ us /ˈsoʊ.ʃəl.ɪst/

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

"socialist" in American English

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socialistadjective [ not gradable ]

us /ˈsoʊ·ʃə·lɪst/

having to do with socialism:

Socialist ideas are not as radical as we once thought.

socialistnoun [ C ]


a person who believes in or belongs to a party that supports socialism:

He is a dedicated socialist.

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

"socialist" in Business English

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uk /ˈsəʊʃəlɪst/ us POLITICS, ECONOMICS

supporting or relating to socialism:

To a man with his socialist beliefs, the idea of selling his hard-earned scientific knowledge is unthinkable.
The last 20 years has seen the transformation of India's sleepy socialist economy into a dynamic engine of internationalization and growth.
a socialist country/government/party

socialistnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈsəʊʃəlɪst/ us

someone who supports socialism:

He is a committed socialist.
the election of a socialist as Chile's new president

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