[ kap-i-tl-uh-zey-shuhn ]
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  1. the act or process of capitalizing.

  2. the authorized or outstanding stocks and bonds of a corporation.

  1. Accounting.

    • the total investment of the owner or owners in a business enterprise.

    • the total corporate liability.

    • the total arrived at after addition of liabilities.

  2. conversion into stocks or bonds.

  3. the act of computing the present value of future periodical payments.

Origin of capitalization

First recorded in 1855–60; capitalize + -ation

Words Nearby capitalization Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use capitalization in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for capitalization



/ (ˌkæpɪtəlaɪˈzeɪʃən) /

    • the act of capitalizing

    • the sum so derived

  1. accounting the par value of the total share capital issued by a company, including the loan capital and sometimes reserves

  1. the act of estimating the present value of future payments, earnings, etc

  2. the act of writing or printing in capital letters

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