- 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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Examples from the Web for capitalised
It is higher than the capitalised value of the present revenue or rent.Distributive Justice
John A. (John Augustine) Ryan
The son was the one, it seems, who capitalised the false reputation of the old man.Those Times And These
Irvin S. Cobb
Are there in Cuba any economies or annual profits that can be capitalised?Industrial Cuba
Robert P. Porter
Still, that won't give her much, capitalised, poor old creature.The Eldest Son
"There's a man who has capitalised his conscience," sneered a Webb follower with a smile.The Voice of the People
- (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 capitalised
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