[ oh-ver-kap-i-tl-ahyz ]

verb (used with object),o·ver·cap·i·tal·ized, o·ver·cap·i·tal·iz·ing.
  1. to fix the total amount of securities of a corporation in excess of the limits set by law or by sound financial policy.

  2. to overestimate the capital value (of a business property or enterprise).

  1. to provide an excessive amount of capital for (a business enterprise).

Origin of overcapitalize

First recorded in 1885–90; over- + capitalize
  • Also especially British, o·ver·cap·i·tal·ise .

Other words from overcapitalize

  • o·ver·cap·i·tal·i·za·tion, noun

Words Nearby overcapitalize

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British Dictionary definitions for overcapitalize



/ (ˌəʊvəˈkæpɪtəˌlaɪz) /

  1. to provide or issue capital for (an enterprise) in excess of profitable investment opportunities

  2. to estimate the capital value of (a company) at an unreasonably or unlawfully high level

  1. to overestimate the market value of (property)

Derived forms of overcapitalize

  • overcapitalization or overcapitalisation, noun

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