capitalize on

phrasal verb

capitalized on; capitalizing on; capitalizes on
: to get an advantage from (something, such as an event or situation)
They were able to capitalize on our mistakes.
She capitalized on her new fame by writing a book.

Examples of capitalize on in a Sentence

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“Capitalize on.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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