requiring or using a very large amount of capital relative to the need for or use of labor.
- Compare labor-intensive.
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How to use capital-intensive in a sentence
Some more recent examples: Intel was founded in 1968 and operated in a highly competitive, capital intensive industry.Amazon Stock May Be Up, but the Company Still Doesn’t Make Any Money | Daniel Gross | October 25, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Automaking is a notoriously difficult, capital-intensive business.Start-Up Automaker Elio Builds Small, Cheap, Two-Seater Car | Daniel Gross | August 8, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
ExxonMobil may be an old-school, capital-intensive resource company, but it is churning out results that rival those of Apple.ExxonMobil’s Profits and Market Capitalization Rival Apple’s | Sarah Langs | August 1, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Cultural definitions for capital-intensive
A term describing industries that employ relatively few laborers but that use expensive equipment. (Compare labor-intensive.)
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