capitalization

Capitalization means using capital, or upper-case, letters. Capitalization of place names, family names, and days of the week are all standard in English.

Using capital letters at the start of a sentence and capitalizing all the letters in a word for emphasis are both examples of capitalization. Capitalization also means the act of gaining an advantage from some opportunity: "Her capitalization of the voters' frustration made it much easier for her to win the election." The earliest meaning, however, was purely financial, from the sense of capitalize that means "convert financial assets to capital."

Primary Meanings of capitalization

1.
n
writing in capital letters
2.
n
the act of capitalizing on an opportunity
3.
n
an estimation of the value of a business
4.
n
the sale of capital stock
Full Definitions of capitalization
1

n writing in capital letters

Synonyms:
capitalisation
Type of:
writing
letters or symbols that are written or imprinted on a surface to represent the sounds or words of a language
2

n the act of capitalizing on an opportunity

Synonyms:
capitalisation
Type of:
development, exploitation
the act of making some area of land or water more profitable or productive or useful
3

n an estimation of the value of a business

Synonyms:
capitalisation
Types:
market capitalisation, market capitalization
an estimation of the value of a business that is obtained by multiplying the number of shares outstanding by the current price of a share
Type of:
estimate, estimation
a judgment of the qualities of something or somebody
4

n the sale of capital stock

Synonyms:
capitalisation
Types:
overcapitalisation, overcapitalization
(business) too much capitalization (the sale of more stock than the business warrants)
Type of:
marketing, merchandising, selling
the exchange of goods for an agreed sum of money

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