verb (capitaliz, ing)
Etymology: From capitas, head, + -ize; probably via .
- (followed by on) To seize, as an opportunity; to obtain a benefit.
- The home team appeared to have the advantage throughout the game, and finally capitalized on their opponents' weakness with just two minutes remaining, scoring several points in quick succession.
- In writing or editing, to write in capital letters (a.k.a. upper case) either the entire word or text, or just the initial letter(s) thereof.
- In English, proper nouns should always be capitalized.
- Usage note: This usage is ambiguous and should not be used when prescribing written or typesetting style.
- In business, to have, contribute or acquire capital (money or other resources) for a business.
- Some states require proof that a new venture is properly capitalized before the state will issue a certificate of incorporation.
- In finance, to convert into capital, ie to get cash or similar immediately fungible resources for some less fungible property or source of future income.
- If we obtain a loan using the business as collateral, the effect will be to our next ten years of income, giving us cash today that we can use to buy out our competitor.
- In accounting and taxation, to treat as capital, not as an expense. (This has implications for when deductions may be taken, at least under US law.)
- (intransitive): To profit or to obtain an advantage.
- The home team took several shots on goal but was unable to until late in the game.
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