Part of speech:
(Countable nouns, like “bottle,” “piece,” and “decision,” are words for things that can be broken into exact units. You talk about “a bottle,” “three pieces,” and “many decisions.”
Likewise, talk about one magnate or multiple magnates.)
A magnate is a person who is very important and distinguished, usually in the world of business.
How to use it:
Talk about someone being a real estate magnate, a media magnate, a lumber magnate, and so on, or just a business magnate or corporate magnate. Instead of specifying the magnate's industry, you can specify that person's place of residence or nationality: "a New York magnate," "a South Korean magnate," "an international magnate." Or, say both the place and the industry: "a Texas oil magnate," "an international fashion magnate."
You can also talk about living, dressing, or acting like a magnate, being as wealthy (or as boastful) as a magnate, striving for magnate status, and so on.
She hates germs so much that she'll probably become some kind of magnate just to be able to fly in a germ-free private jet.
Do what you want with your money and power, of course, but if you're a corporate magnate who does zilch to help the poor, we're going to call you out on it.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You’ll know you understand what "magnate” means when you can explain it without saying “mogul" or “tycoon."
Think of a famous, successful leader in your field (or a field you're interested in), and fill in the blanks: "A (type of) magnate has (achieved something interesting.)"
Instead of talking about a past achievement, you might want to talk about a goal or a wish instead: "I (wish/hope) that a (type of) magnate (would/will) (achieve something interesting)."
Example 1: "A technology magnate in China spent a fortune making his office building look like a Star Trek ship. Awesome!"
Example 2: "I hope that business magnates will someday funnel so much of their profits into underfunded school districts that the funding gap won't even exist anymore."
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A Point Well Made:
Katie, age 4: “Not all dreams come true. But that’s okay because you can always make new dreams.”
1. The opposite of MAGNATE is
2. His project caught the attention of a several magnates and _____
A. skyrocketed to popularity through their influence.
B. got mired in the complex legal requirements they imposed.
C. was shut down by their unquestioned political authority.
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