capitalize

To capitalize is to put something in capital letters, particularly the first letters, Like This. To capitalize also means to take advantage of a situation.

The first word of every sentence is capitalized, and to capitalize is to write in capital (or upper-case) letters. To capitalize also means to take advantage of an opportunity. Graduates try to capitalize on their degrees by getting well-paying jobs. A football team tries to capitalize on the other team’s mistakes, such as making a touchdown after an interception. It might help you to remember that capitalizing is a good thing if you know capital is also another word for money.

Definitions of capitalize
  1. verb
    write in capital letters
    synonyms: capitalise
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    type of:
    write
    mark or trace on a surface
  2. verb
    draw advantages from
    “he is capitalizing on her mistake”
    synonyms: capitalise, take advantage
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    type of:
    benefit, gain, profit
    derive a benefit from
  3. verb
    supply with capital, as of a business by using a combination of capital used by investors and debt capital provided by lenders
    synonyms: capitalise
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    type of:
    furnish, provide, render, supply
    give something useful or necessary to
  4. verb
    convert (a company's reserve funds) into capital
    synonyms: capitalise
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    types:
    overcapitalise, overcapitalize
    capitalize beyond what the business or the profit-making prospects warrant
    type of:
    change, commute, convert, exchange
    exchange or replace with another, usually of the same kind or category
  5. verb
    consider expenditures as capital assets rather than expenses
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    type of:
    consider, reckon, regard, see, view
    deem to be
  6. verb
    compute the present value of a business or an income
    synonyms: capitalise
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    types:
    overcapitalise, overcapitalize
    estimate the capital value of (a company) at an unreasonably or unlawfully high level
    type of:
    calculate, cipher, compute, cypher, figure, reckon, work out
    make a mathematical calculation or computation
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