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capitalize

cap·i·tal·ize

capitalize

 
pronunciation:
kae pih t laIz
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
features:
Word Combinations (verb), Word Parts
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: capitalized, capitalizes, capitalizing
definition 1: to write or print (something) using capital letters or using a capital letter as the initial letter.
We always capitalize the names of the months.
synonyms:
upper-case
similar words:
cap, initial, print
definition 2: to supply capital for or use capital in, as a business enterprise.
Our company will be capitalizing the costs of this new venture.
synonyms:
bankroll, finance, fund, stake
similar words:
back, grubstake, pay, sponsor, subsidize, support
definition 3: in accounting, to treat (expenditures) as assets.
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to take advantage of something for gain or profit (usu. fol. by "on").
We would be making a mistake if we did not capitalize on this opportunity.Street vendors are capitalizing on the popularity of the royal couple to sell vast numbers of souvenirs and trinkets.They should be ashamed of trying to capitalize on this tragedy.
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derivations: capitalizable (adj.), capitalizer (n.)
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