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verb (used with object), cap·i·tal·ized, cap·i·tal·iz·ing.
  1. to write or print in capital letters letters or with an initial capital letter.
  2. to authorize a certain amount of stocks and bonds in the corporate charter of: to capitalize a corporation.
  3. to issue stock as a dividend, thereby capitalizing retained earnings, or as settlement of an unpaid arrearage of preferred dividends.
  4. Accounting. to set up (expenditures) as business assets in the books of account instead of treating as expense.
  5. to supply with capital.
  6. to estimate the value of (a stock or an enterprise).
verb (used without object), cap·i·tal·ized, cap·i·tal·iz·ing.
  1. 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

An Americanism dating back to 1755–65; capital1 + -ize
Related formscap·i·tal·iz·a·ble, adjectivecap·i·tal·iz·er, nounnon·cap·i·tal·ized, adjectiveun·cap·i·tal·ized, adjective

Synonyms for capitalize

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7. profit by, exploit, utilize. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for capitalize

exploit, profit, subsidize, obtain, gain, realize

Examples from the Web for capitalize

Contemporary Examples of capitalize

Historical Examples of capitalize

  • He was too busy with the consciousness that at last he was in a position to capitalize his information.


    Holworthy Hall

  • Capitalize, the holy man entered the holy place at the appointed time.


    Frederick W. Hamilton

  • When do you capitalize generic terms for political divisions and when do you not?


    Frederick W. Hamilton

  • In Dutch capitalize all nouns and all adjectives derived from proper nouns.


    Frederick W. Hamilton

  • Now we are going to capitalize him; I believe that's the word.

British Dictionary definitions for capitalize



verb (mainly tr)
  1. (intr foll by on) to take advantage (of); profit (by)
  2. to write or print (text) in capital letters or with the first letter of (a word or words) in capital letters
  3. to convert (debt or retained earnings) into capital stock
  4. to authorize (a business enterprise) to issue a specified amount of capital stock
  5. to provide with capital
  6. accounting to treat (expenditures) as assets
    1. to estimate the present value of (a periodical income)
    2. to compute the present value of (a business) from actual or potential earnings
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Word Origin and History for capitalize

"write or print in capital letters," 1764, from capital (n.1) + -ize. Meaning "to convert (assets) to capital" is recorded from 1868. Related: Capitalized; capitalizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper