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[ kap-i-tl-ahyz ]

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.

    Synonyms: utilize, exploit


/ ˈkæpɪtəˌlaɪz /


  1. intrfoll byon 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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Other Words From

  • capi·tal·iza·ble adjective
  • capi·tal·izer noun
  • non·capi·tal·ized adjective
  • un·capi·tal·ized adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of capitalize1

An Americanism dating back to 1755–65; capital 1 + -ize

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Example Sentences

The company has been working on a lot of this stuff already and clearly saw an opportunity to capitalize on it in mask form.

Inspired by the rapid development of AI tools like AlphaZero — the DeepMind program that can defeat humans at chess, Go and shogi — Szegedy’s group wants to capitalize on recent advances in language recognition to write proofs.

While the social network remains focused on keeping its ad revenue intact as the crisis unfolds, it is also trying to capitalize on the surge in online shopping that’s currently taking place in the midst of it.

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Both countries are in deep recessions and had to try to balance the need to keep people safe with the desire to try and capitalize on a lucrative summer season.

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Even though almost everybody in the league was a person whose whole life and job was to observe cultural trends and capitalize on them.

Someone was sure to capitalize on the Ebola panic, and Dr. Joseph Alton is that guy.

With the CPRIT investigation ongoing, Lehmberg got into trouble of her own - and it seemed Perry was trying to capitalize on it.

She only likes signing controversial clients, and relishes being able to capitalize on a scandal.

“My job was to assess their fear and then harp on that fear, capitalize on that fear and get them to buy,” said Maddox, 33.

But in order to succeed, the band of ministerial mavericks needs to capitalize on their momentum.

The grocer becomes a peer of France, artists capitalize their money, vaudevillists have incomes.

Among other things, it required that Clemens should not only complete the machine, but promote it, capitalize it commercially.

I don't know just yet how much it is goin' to take to capitalize you, but here's ten dollars for an option.

Crœsus was a very rich man, but he was not a capitalist, for he could do anything with his wealth except capitalize it.

Capitalize the pronoun I, the interjection O, titles that accompany a name, and abbreviations of proper names.


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More About Capitalize

What does capitalize mean?

To capitalize a word is to make its first letter a capital letter—an uppercase letter. For example, to capitalize the word polish (which is here spelled with a lowercase p), you would write it as Polish. 

A word whose first letter is a capital can be described as capitalized. The state of being capitalized (or the process of capitalizing) is called capitalization, as in Please check your paper for proper punctuation and capitalization.  

In English, words are capitalized for a few different reasons. It is considered a standard rule of English to capitalize proper nouns (which are nouns that refer to specific people, places, or things—meaning one’s that have specific names), such as Jess, Mexico, and Nintendo. Capitalizing a word can change the way the reader interprets its meaning, as in the case of polish (a verb meaning to make something shinier) and Polish (an adjective describing someone from Poland) or apple (the fruit) and Apple (the company).

We also capitalize the first word in a sentence. Sometimes, we capitalize the first letter of each word in a title, as in To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. 

Example: A lot of people don’t bother to capitalize words when sending text messages. 

Capitalize also has several other meanings. To capitalize on something means to take advantage of it. You can capitalize on an opportunity or a situation by doing something to benefit from it in some way.

Example: The company is capitalizing on the publicity by releasing new merchandise. 

In the context of finance, capitalize is used in more specific and technical ways. The most straightforward sense of the word in this context means to supply with capital (money).

Example: Most startups are capitalized by friends and family members before they’re able to secure significant funding.

Where does capitalize come from?

The first records of the word capitalize come from around 1760. The suffix -ize is used to form verbs and means “to make” or “to convert into.” The base word capital comes from the Latin capitālis, meaning “concerning the head,” or “chief,” from caput, “head.” The word capital in the sense of money comes from the Medieval Latin capitāle, meaning “wealth.”

It can be confusing to know whether or not to capitalize certain words in certain situations, but a capitalization guide can help.

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What are some other forms related to capitalize?

  • capitalized (past tense verb, adjective)
  • uncapitalized (adjective)
  • noncapitalized (adjective)
  • capitalizable (adjective)
  • capitalization (noun)

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How is capitalize used in real life?

Capitalize can be used in many different contexts. Capitalizing words is an important part of spelling and grammar.


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Which of the following kinds of words is often capitalized?

A. a proper noun
B. the first word in a sentence
C. the first word in a title
D. all of the above




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