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[kap-i-tl-uh-zey-shuh n] /ˌkæp ɪ tl əˈzeɪ ʃən/
the act or process of capitalizing.
the authorized or outstanding stocks and bonds of a corporation.
  1. the total investment of the owner or owners in a business enterprise.
  2. the total corporate liability.
  3. the total arrived at after addition of liabilities.
conversion into stocks or bonds.
the act of computing the present value of future periodical payments.
Origin of capitalization
First recorded in 1855-60; capitalize + -ation Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The capitalization necessary to launch it was beyond private capital which at this time could be obtained for such a purpose.

    Wilford Woodruff Matthias F. Cowley
  • It represents a capitalization which may at once be turned to interest.

  • All spelling, capitalization, and punctuation inconsistencies retained.

  • capitalization, accents and formatting markup have been normalized.

    Cyrano de Bergerac Edmond Rostand
  • The capitalization theory, as hitherto formulated, assumes money and a value of money.

    The Value of Money Benjamin M. Anderson, Jr.
  • Within quotation marks I have retained the capitalization that Hobbes used.

    Leviathan Thomas Hobbes
  • Now my purpose here does not involve a detailed examination of the validity or limitations of the capitalization theory.

    The Value of Money Benjamin M. Anderson, Jr.
British Dictionary definitions for capitalization


  1. the act of capitalizing
  2. the sum so derived
(accounting) the par value of the total share capital issued by a company, including the loan capital and sometimes reserves
the act of estimating the present value of future payments, earnings, etc
the act of writing or printing in capital letters
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for capitalization

1860, "act of converting (assets) to capital," noun of action from capitalize in the financial sense. Meaning "act of writing or printing in capital letters" is recorded from 1864.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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