capitalize on

phrasal verb
capitalized on; capitalizing on; capitalizes on

Definition of capitalize 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.

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“Capitalize on.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/capitalize%20on. Accessed 27 January 2020.

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