Definition of capitalize
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
: to gain by turning something to advantage <capitalize on an opponent's mistake>
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.
Origin and Etymology of capitalize
First Known Use: 1764
CAPITALIZE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of capitalize for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of capitalize for Students
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.>
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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