capitalize

[ kap-i-tl-ahyz ]
/ ˈkæp ɪ tlˌaɪz /

verb (used with object), cap·i·tal·ized, cap·i·tal·iz·ing.

verb (used without object), cap·i·tal·ized, cap·i·tal·iz·ing.

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
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British Dictionary definitions for capitalize

capitalize

capitalise

/ (ˈkæpɪtəˌlaɪz) /

verb (mainly tr)

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Word Origin and History for capitalize

capitalize


v.

"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.

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