Definition of capital
- assets remaining after deduction of liabilities; the net worth of a business.
- the ownership interest in a business.
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Origin of capital1
synonym study for capital
words often confused with capital
OTHER WORDS FROM capitalcap·i·tal·ness, noun
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH capitalcapital , Capitol (see confusables note at the current entry)
Words nearby capital
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What does capital mean?
A capital is a city or town that acts as the center of a government, such as a city’s or nation’s government, as in Washington, DC, is the capital of the United States.
More casually, a city or town might be a capital of some special importance. For example, New York City is sometimes called the “business capital of the world,” but Albany is the official state capital of New York.
In business and finance, capital is wealth owned by a person or company. Your capital can include the money you have in the bank, property you own, and any stocks or bonds you’ve purchased.
Capital can also describe something very important or first-rate, as in We had so much fun at the fair, that it was a capital day.
Example: The bill was supported by Congressional representatives from 13 states and the capital.
Where does capital come from?
The first records of the term capital come from around 1175. It ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin capitālis, meaning “wealth.” Capital has several other uses besides describing a nation’s seat of government, most of which stem from wealth and importance, although the capital of a nation tends to have quite a bit of wealth in the sense that it collects taxes.
Your financial capital can be used to spend, provide, and invest in the furthering of one’s wealth, normally in the form of stock market investments or investing into new means of production or projects to improve profits, bringing in more capital. While the terms wealth and capital are synonymous, you’ll find that wealth is used to describe a personal profit, while capital is used to describe funds that are set aside for investing. Capital can also be used in this way to describe something beyond money, such as political power.
In the sense of prominent or important, capital can also describe the most serious crimes, including murder and treason. Someone found guilting of a capital crime would receive capital punishment, that is, the death penalty. Related to this sense, a capital error would be one that is fatal or otherwise extremely serious.
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How is capital used in real life?
Capital is frequently used to describe a city where a government is centered. It’s also used frequently in the business sense of wealth.
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How to use capital in a sentence
Amazon on Thursday announced the first companies to receive money from a $2 billion venture capital fund it formed to help combat climate change.Podcast: Amazon exec on the company's Climate Pledge Fund|Dan Primack|September 17, 2020|Axios
That’s been the pattern for other recent high-profile, venture-capital backed IPOs.Investors in Snowflake’s IPO should prepare for a second-day slump|Oliver Staley|September 17, 2020|Quartz
This capital has helped to de-risk the fund’s investments, allowing it the flexibility to invest in firms that banks might turn away.Opportunity Zones haven’t fully reached their potential, but don’t write them off yet|jakemeth|September 16, 2020|Fortune
So the 11% drop in the valuation would leave investors with a 1% annual capital gain.Will tech stocks stumble or slide? What the fundamentals tell us|Shawn Tully|September 16, 2020|Fortune
Those arrangements offer businesses more flexibility with their capital.
Gunshots rang out in Paris this morning on a second day of deadly violence that has stunned the French capital.
The mistletoe must have been hanging right across the aisle on Capital Hill.
The second major split between the capital and the court occurred over oral care.
Ah, gay Paree—the French capital has practically announced its own LGBT friendliness since the Belle Époque.
And the capital city is a veritable utopia of acceptance and integration.
"Capital, capital," his lordship would remark with great alacrity, when there was no other way of escape.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
When we speak against one capital vice, we ought to speak against its opposite; the middle betwixt both is the point for virtue.Pearls of Thought|Maturin M. Ballou
The moon rose on a terrified mob trudging or riding the forty miles of road between Meerut and the Mogul capital.The Red Year|Louis Tracy
It is the quiet chef lieu of the Allier, and was once the capital of the Bourbonnais.
All possibility of a general increase of wages depended on the relation of available capital to the numbers of the working men.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice|Stephen Leacock
British Dictionary definitions for capital (1 of 2)
- the seat of government of a country or other political unit
- (as modifier)a capital city
- the ownership interests of a business as represented by the excess of assets over liabilities
- the nominal value of the authorized or issued shares
- (as modifier)capital issues
- a capital letterAbbreviation: cap., cap
- (as modifier)capital B
Word Origin for capital
British Dictionary definitions for capital (2 of 2)
Word Origin for capital
Cultural definitions for capital (1 of 2)
In architecture, the top portion of a column.
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Cultural definitions for capital (2 of 2)
Money used to finance the purchase of the means of production, such as machines, or the machines themselves.
Other Idioms and Phrases with capital
see make capital out of.