Definition of empire builder in English:

empire builder

Syllabification: em·pire build·er

noun

  • 1A person who adds to or strengthens an empire.
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    • But the empire builder was Suppiluliumas, whose conquests are recorded by his son Mursilis II in histories entitled the ‘Deeds’ and ‘Ten-year Annals’.
    • The founding of the town of Livingstone begins with the unrealised dream by the British empire builder, John Cecil Rhodes who hatched the idea of constructing a Cape Town to Cairo (C to C) railway to boost the fortunes of Britain.
    • The plot of the novel is predictable: the repulsive and pitiable Eurasian, obstacle to true love and happiness, must die so that the virtuous Englishwoman and the virile empire builder can unite in a happy ending.
  • 1.1A person who seeks more power, responsibility, or staff within an organization for the purposes of self-aggrandizement.
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    • However logical such deals may seem to the empire builders, they raise new questions about how much consolidation is too much.
    • Vanderbilt was an empire builder, the first great corporate tycoon in American history.
    • The empire builder is offering a stock swap deal, which puts our company under his control.

Derivatives

empire-building

noun
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  • A desire for open markets isn't like the empire-building of old; it simply has the exact same effect.
  • Hmm… expanding into the sports arena seems to be the empire-building of choice these days.
  • The resulting international competition for trade subjected Asia to encroachment by the empire-building Europeans.

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