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capitalize

[kap-i-tl-ahyz] /ˈkæp ɪ tlˌaɪz/
verb (used with object), capitalized, capitalizing.
1.
to write or print in capital letters or with an initial capital.
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), capitalized, capitalizing.
7.
to take advantage of; turn something to one's advantage (often followed by on):
to capitalize on one's opportunities.
Also, especially British, capitalise.
Origin
1755-1765
1755-65, Americanism; capital1 + -ize
Related forms
capitalizable, adjective
capitalizer, noun
noncapitalized, adjective
uncapitalized, adjective
Synonyms
7. profit by, exploit, utilize.
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British Dictionary definitions for capitalise

capitalize

/ˈkæpɪtəˌlaɪz/
verb (mainly transitive)
1.
(intransitive) 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
7.
  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 capitalise
v.

chiefly British English spelling of capitalize (q.v.). For suffix, see -ize.

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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