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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."

Definitions of capitalization
  1. noun
    writing in capital letters
    synonyms: capitalisation
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    type of:
    writing
    letters or symbols that are written or imprinted on a surface to represent the sounds or words of a language
  2. noun
    the act of capitalizing on an opportunity
    synonyms: capitalisation
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    type of:
    development, exploitation
    the act of making some area of land or water more profitable or productive or useful
  3. noun
    an estimation of the value of a business
    synonyms: capitalisation
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    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. noun
    the sale of capital stock
    synonyms: capitalisation
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    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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