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capitalize

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verb cap·i·tal·ize \ˈka-pə-tə-ˌlīz, ˈkap-tə-, British also kə-ˈpi-tə-\

Simple Definition of capitalize

  • : to use a capital letter to write, print, or type (a letter of the alphabet)

  • : to begin (a word or name) with a capital letter

  • : to provide the money that is needed to start or develop (a business)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of capitalize

capitalized

capitalizing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to write or print with an initial capital or in capitals

  3. 2 a :  to convert into capital <capitalize the company's reserve fund> b :  to treat as an amortizable investment in long-term capital assets rather than as an ordinary operating expense to be charged against revenue for the period in which it is incurred <capitalize development costs>

  4. 3 a :  to compute the present value of (an income extended over a period of time) b :  to convert (a periodic payment) into an equivalent capital sum <capitalized annuities>

  5. 4 :  to supply capital for

  6. intransitive verb
  7. :  to gain by turning something to advantage <capitalize on an opponent's mistake>

Examples of capitalize in a sentence

  1. Remember to capitalize the I in Internet.

  2. Capitalize the first word of your sentence.

  3. She rarely capitalizes her name when she signs her e-mails.

  4. The venture was capitalized with a loan of one million dollars.

  5. You can capitalize your investment at any time.



1764

First Known Use of capitalize

1764



CAPITALIZE Defined for Kids

capitalize

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verb cap·i·tal·ize \ˈka-pə-tə-ˌlīz\

Definition of capitalize for Students

capitalized

capitalizing

  1. 1 :  to write with a beginning capital letter or in all capital letters

  2. 2 :  to provide money needed to start or develop (a business)

  3. 3 :  to gain by turning something to advantage <The winner capitalized on his opponent's mistakes.>

capitalization

\ˌka-pə-tə-lə-ˈzā-shən\ noun



Law Dictionary

capitalize

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transitive verb cap·i·tal·ize \ˈka-pət-əl-ˌīz\

Legal Definition of capitalize

capitalized

capitalizing

  1. 1a :  to convert into capital <capitalize the company's earnings> b :  to treat as a capital expenditure rather than an ordinary and necessary expense <the cost of the merger must be capitalized>

  2. 2a :  to compute the present value of (an income extended over a period of time) — compare amortize b :  to convert (a periodic payment) into an equivalent capital sum <capitalized annuities>

  3. 3 :  to supply capital for <had capitalized the business with her own savings>





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