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 Sharing or seeking information about a difficult, personal experience on a social media platform and then having the platform capitalize on an algorithmic understanding of the experience—which might or might not be accurate—is problematic. Nazanin Andalibi, Quartz, "Instagram’s Shop tab is the perfect example of the dangers of surveillance capitalism," 29 Dec. 2020 Sharing or seeking information about a difficult, personal experience on a social media platform and then having the platform capitalize on an algorithmic understanding of the experience – which might or might not be accurate – is problematic. Nazanin Andalibi, The Conversation, "Instagram’s redesign shifts toward shopping – here’s how that can be harmful," 28 Dec. 2020 Ousland had planned their route to capitalize on two predictable Arctic Sea currents, the Beaufort Gyre and Transpolar Drift. Adventure, "The untold story of the boldest polar expedition of modern times," 23 Dec. 2020 To capitalize on his fame, Billingsley was invited to attend the launch of the Challenger—and the first teacher in space—in January 1986. Erik Olsen, Popular Science, "Ralphie from ‘A Christmas Story’ could have been the first child in space. Then disaster struck.," 23 Dec. 2020 Haskins has the arm talent, but his decision-making continues to be suspect and Carolina can capitalize on those mistakes. Eddie Brown, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Fantasy Football Week 16: Add and Drop (Championship edition)," 22 Dec. 2020 And finally, danedar mawa is dry and granular, best used in kalakand (milk cakes), which capitalize on the sandy texture. Hetal Vasavada, Bon Appétit, "All of My Favorite Desserts Contain This One Ingredient," 21 Dec. 2020 The momentum was there to capitalize on, the Cowboys defense coming off a three-takeaway game last week while San Francisco’s offense has been the second most charitable in the league. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, "Why Mike McCarthy says Dallas Cowboys’ win over 49ers gave them ‘big chunk of confidence’," 21 Dec. 2020 Should Hollywood be moving so quickly to capitalize on the tragedy in the first place? Washington Post, "Now playing: A very covid Christmas," 18 Dec. 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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9 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Capitalize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/capitalize. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for capitalize

capitalize

verb
How to pronounce capitalize (audio)

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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