- to write or print in capital letters letters or with an initial capital letter.
- to authorize a certain amount of stocks and bonds in the corporate charter of: to capitalize a corporation.
- to issue stock as a dividend, thereby capitalizing retained earnings, or as settlement of an unpaid arrearage of preferred dividends.
- Accounting. to set up (expenditures) as business assets in the books of account instead of treating as expense.
- to supply with capital.
- to estimate the value of (a stock or an enterprise).
- to take advantage of; turn something to one's advantage (often followed by on): to capitalize on one's opportunities.
Also especially British, cap·i·tal·ise.
Origin of capitalize
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7. profit by, exploit, utilize.
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Examples from the Web for capitalise
James as a temperamental Puritan—one is forced to capitalise the unhappy word!Unicorns
So evidence was given as to his income; and the idea was to capitalise it at £8,000.
This transaction furnishes a fair illustration of the basis on which this inner group is able to capitalise its financial power.Readings in Money and Banking
Chester Arthur Phillips
Dollar credit will be a world necessity if we capitalise the opportunity that peace may bring us.
It is, therefore, up to the American exporter to capitalise the needs of the nation and the good will that it bears toward us.
- (intr foll by on) to take advantage (of); profit (by)
- to write or print (text) in capital letters or with the first letter of (a word or words) in capital letters
- to convert (debt or retained earnings) into capital stock
- to authorize (a business enterprise) to issue a specified amount of capital stock
- to provide with capital
- accounting to treat (expenditures) as assets
- to estimate the present value of (a periodical income)
- to compute the present value of (a business) from actual or potential earnings
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Word Origin and History for capitalise
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