- to write or print in capital letters letters or with an initial capital letter.
- to authorize a certain amount of stocks and bonds in the corporate charter of: to capitalize a corporation.
- to issue stock as a dividend, thereby capitalizing retained earnings, or as settlement of an unpaid arrearage of preferred dividends.
- Accounting. to set up (expenditures) as business assets in the books of account instead of treating as expense.
- to supply with capital.
- to estimate the value of (a stock or an enterprise).
- 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
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“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.‘Degree Mills’ Are Exploiting Veterans and Making Millions Off the GI Bill
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But in order to succeed, the band of ministerial mavericks needs to capitalize on their momentum.Argentina’s Drag & Drop Democracy
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He was too busy with the consciousness that at last he was in a position to capitalize his information.Rope
Capitalize, the holy man entered the holy place at the appointed time.
When do you capitalize generic terms for political divisions and when do you not?
In Dutch capitalize all nouns and all adjectives derived from proper nouns.
Now we are going to capitalize him; I believe that's the word.
- (intr foll by on) to take advantage (of); profit (by)
- to write or print (text) in capital letters or with the first letter of (a word or words) in capital letters
- to convert (debt or retained earnings) into capital stock
- to authorize (a business enterprise) to issue a specified amount of capital stock
- to provide with capital
- accounting to treat (expenditures) as assets
- to estimate the present value of (a periodical income)
- to compute the present value of (a business) from actual or potential earnings
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Word Origin and History for capitalize
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