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capital1 of 3
: being the seat of government
London is the capital city of England.
: chief in importance or influence
the capital importance of criticism in the work of creation itself—T. S. Eliot
: punishable by death
a capital crime
: involving execution (see execution sense 2)
capital sentencessee also capital punishment
: most serious
a capital error
: of or relating to capital
especially : relating to or being assets that add to the long-term net worth of a corporation
: a stock (see stock entry 1 sense 1a) of accumulated goods especially at a specified time and in contrast to income received during a specified period
also : the value of these accumulated goods
: accumulated goods devoted to the production of other goods
: accumulated possessions calculated to bring in income
set capital and land and labor to work—G. B. Shawsee also venture capital
: net worth : excess of assets over liabilities
: stock sense 2a see also capital gain, capital stock, equity capital
: persons holding capital : capitalists considered as a group
: a store or supply of useful assets or advantages
wasted their political capital on an unpopular cause
wrote from the capital of his emotionally desolate boyhood—E. L. Doctorowsee also human capital
: a letter that conforms to the series A, B, C, etc. rather than a, b, c, etc. : a capital letter
especially : an initial capital letter
: a letter belonging to a style of alphabet modeled on the style customarily used in inscriptions
: a city serving as a seat of government
: a city preeminent in some special activity
the fashion capital
: the uppermost member of a column or pilaster crowning the shaft and taking the weight of the entablature see column illustration
Adjective In several district capital towns I visited, the most obvious result of increased local autonomy was a showy new government office complex … —Mel White, National Geographic, November 2008 In a nearby deli, the specials board announces in desperately bold capital letters, "WILL TRADE FOOD FOR SOX/PATS TICKETS"! —Julia Glass, Gourmet, February 2007 Few competent local lawyers are willing to take on capital defendants for $20 an hour … —Jeffrey Rosen, New Republic, 4 Oct. 1993 His handwritten capital S's look a lot like lowercase s's. Homicide that occurs during the course of an attempted kidnapping is a capital crime in some states. Noun (1) … he must have poured a lot of energy into observing the men and women around him, since they would provide the literary capital he would draw on for many years to come in three major books. —Edmund White, New York Review of Books, 12 Feb. 2009 Myrtle Beach claims to be the nation's golf capital, and given its 123 golf courses, it is hard to dispute the title. —Elizabeth Olson, New York Times, 30 Sept. 2003 The two brothers-in-law pooled their resources and scrounged capital from relatives. Thorne asked several family members, including his father, to back them, but only his uncle, Samuel Thorne, came through with the money. —Jennet Conant, Tuxedo Park, 2002 Anna is no bumpkin: she and her sisters have been dragged thriftily around the capitals of Europe by their parents, a pair of academics who have always displayed the proper American reverence for garlic and old stones, and occasionally even sprung for a fancy meal. —Andrea Lee, New Yorker, 6 May 2002 This was the incident book, and there, sure enough, was the entry detailing Moretsi's injury, the words spelled out in capitals in a barely literate hand … —Alexander McCall Smith, The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, 1998 In a sense, such stories are his capital, and if he's lucky he may be able to parlay them into a business opportunity … —Bill Barich, New Yorker, 7 May 1990 Noun (2) The transition from Greece to Rome is marked, in a propylaeum space, by a huge Ionic column's base and capital, with a space between the broad part of the column below and the narrowing segment above. —Garry Wills, New York Review of Books, 31 May 2007 According to the scrapbooks of nineteenth-century tourists, there's room for a hundred men to stand on the capital of one of these columns. That was the kind of culturally insensitive thing tourists used to do. —P. J. O'Rourke, Atlantic, September 2002 See More
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AdjectiveAnd as Romano observed, the court can take months to act on a clemency request in a non-capital case. —Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle, 4 Aug. 2022 Only six states — Virginia, Arkansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas — use juries to sentence defendants in non-capital felony cases. —Denise Lavoie, Star Tribune, 24 Oct. 2020 She is also charged with non-capital murder in connection with the baby’s death. —Fox News, 14 Sep. 2022 Parker was also charged with non-capital murder in connection with the death of the baby. —Chris Harris, Peoplemag, 13 Sep. 2022 Flores pleaded guilty to non-capital murder and to arson, and Skinner sentenced him to two life sentences for murder and one for arson. —Elizabeth Zavala, San Antonio Express-News, 25 July 2022 In doing so, Biden’s administration was motivated by the same political calculations that induced the Obama-Biden administration — which also professed to be anti-capital-punishment — to seek the death penalty in the first place. —Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, 16 Mar. 2022 Ohio State reported a post-capital loans payments deficit of $41 million, and according to internal news reporting will examine the possibility of taking out an interest-bearing loan from its university at the end of this calendar year. —Zach Osterman, The Indianapolis Star, 4 Feb. 2022 The report defines the ranking of non-capital cities with a population under eight million. —Sonia Ramirez, Houston Chronicle, 27 Aug. 2020
NounRising interest rates have eroded the easy access to capital that helped fuel soaring startup valuations and funded ambitious, money-losing projects. —Catherine Thorbecke, CNN, 10 Mar. 2023 In doing so, both sides are building upon a long and often racist history of denying self-government to the nation’s capital. —Matt Ford, The New Republic, 8 Mar. 2023 In 1979, Senter was one of the organizers of the Tractorcade protest that drew thousands of farmers to the capital. —Thom Duffy, Billboard, 7 Mar. 2023 In February, Garland welcomed his Ukrainian counterpart to the nation's capital to announce new tactics in the international fight to counter Russia's aggression. —Robert Legare, CBS News, 1 Mar. 2023 The roundtable will focus on small-business entrepreneurship and highlight the administration’s efforts to help small businesses, including increasing their access to capital. —Shira Stein, San Francisco Chronicle, 1 Mar. 2023 Network effects give an intrinsic advantage to national carriers, and no small carrier has sufficient access to capital to expand to national status without a merger. —Michael I. Krauss, Forbes, 23 Feb. 2023 The Treasury Department has now announced the approval of state and territory plans for more than $6.6 billion in State Small Business Credit Initiative funding to support small business and entrepreneurship, and expand access to capital. —Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 23 Feb. 2023 After the meeting, Mr. Biden departed Poland for Washington, concluding a foreign trip that began with a top-secret visit to Ukraine’s capital and ended with declarations of unity but a looming sense of uncertainty about the future. —Anton Troianovski, New York Times, 22 Feb. 2023 See More
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