capitalize

verb
cap·​i·​tal·​ize | \ ˈka-pə-tə-ˌlīz How to pronounce capitalize (audio) , ˈkap-tə- \
capitalized; capitalizing

Definition of capitalize

transitive verb

1 : to write or print with an initial capital or in capitals Capitalize the names of cities and states.
2a : 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
3a : 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
4 : to supply capital for

intransitive verb

: to gain by turning something to advantage capitalize on an opponent's mistake

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Examples of capitalize in a Sentence

Remember to capitalize the I in Internet. Capitalize the first word of your sentence. She rarely capitalizes her name when she signs her e-mails. The venture was capitalized with a loan of one million dollars. You can capitalize your investment at any time.
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Recent Examples on the Web Visa is one of several payments giants looking to capitalize on the latest cryptocurrency craze. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "That settles it: Visa is making life way easier for crypto businesses," 29 Mar. 2021 Many fintech companies are looking to capitalize on Africa’s thriving digital payment market. Carlos Mureithi, Quartz, "Flutterwave has raised $170 million with a bid to connect Africa’s digital payment landscape," 9 Mar. 2021 Sucharita Kodali, an analyst at market research firm Forrester, believes that skin care in particular has a lot of advantages for celebrities looking to capitalize. Leah Bourne, Glamour, "Do All These Celebrities Need a Skin Care Line?," 4 Mar. 2021 But frustrated citizens should instead turn to local health leaders — not political critics looking to capitalize on an opponent's faux pas. Jordan Culver, USA TODAY, "Nevermind the political messenger: When it comes to COVID-19 guidance, trust the message, experts say," 14 Dec. 2020 And now, new companies are looking to capitalize on that attraction by bringing them back. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, "Classic luxury car brands are staging million-dollar comebacks," 14 Dec. 2020 In tapping John Kerry as a special envoy for climate change, President-elect Joe Biden is looking to capitalize on the former secretary of state’s international relationships to show foreign leaders that the U.S. is again taking the issue seriously. Timothy Puko, WSJ, "Biden Picks John Kerry to Help Regain Global Leadership on Climate Change," 23 Nov. 2020 In recent years, the neighborhood has been engrossed in a cultural custody battle between those who wish to preserve its history and unpolished character, and developers looking to capitalize on prime real estate. Claire Ballor, Dallas News, "Postino, a funky Phoenix wine bar, is bringing cool vibes and bruschetta boards to Deep Ellum," 13 Nov. 2020 But the flashy videos are only a part of the pitch for recruits looking to capitalize. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, "USC is going Hollywood to help its athletes promote their brand," 29 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of capitalize

1764, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for capitalize

see capital entry 2

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The first known use of capitalize was in 1764

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3 Apr 2021

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“Capitalize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/capitalize. Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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capitalize

verb

English Language Learners 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)

capitalize

verb
cap·​i·​tal·​ize | \ ˈka-pə-tə-ˌlīz How to pronounce capitalize (audio) \
capitalized; capitalizing

Kids Definition of capitalize

1 : to write with a beginning capital letter or in all capital letters
2 : to provide money needed to start or develop (a business)
3 : to gain by turning something to advantage The winner capitalized on his opponent's mistakes.

Other Words from capitalize

capitalization \ ˌka-​pə-​tə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən \ noun

capitalize

transitive verb
cap·​i·​tal·​ize | \ ˈka-pət-ᵊl-ˌīz How to pronounce capitalize (audio) \
capitalized; capitalizing

Legal Definition of capitalize

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
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 : to supply capital for had capitalized the business with her own savings

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