[ 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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for capitalization



/ (ˌkæpɪtəlaɪˈzeɪʃən) /


  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
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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.

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