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[kap-i-tl-ahyz] /ˈkæp ɪ tlˌaɪz/
verb (used with object), capitalized, capitalizing.
to write or print in capital letters or with an initial capital.
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).
verb (used without object), capitalized, capitalizing.
to take advantage of; turn something to one's advantage (often followed by on):
to capitalize on one's opportunities.
Also, especially British, capitalise.
1755-65, Americanism; capital1 + -ize
Related forms
capitalizable, adjective
capitalizer, noun
noncapitalized, adjective
uncapitalized, adjective
7. profit by, exploit, utilize. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for capitalized
  • However, people died and publishers have capitalized on the harrowing tale.
  • Experts at navigating the financial-aid maze, for-profits have capitalized on the fact that ex-military personnel are exceptions.
  • Extended terms and capitalized interest add up to lots of borrower liability.
  • The researchers presented the fully capitalized words in one of four quadrants of a box on a small computer screen.
  • It is inherently highly capitalized, highly centralized, and easily controllable through politics.
  • It's a status symbol created by entertainment that is capitalized on by manufacturers and their distributors.
  • All other entries, which are clued normally, include three capitalized words.
  • Stock prices may be considered a reflection of capitalized expectations of future earnings.
  • They are all, capitalized and adapted, characters in the novel.
  • Bush has capitalized on the concept of freedom in two ways.
British Dictionary definitions for capitalized


verb (mainly transitive)
(intransitive) 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
  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 capitalized



"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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