v. cap·i·tal·ized, cap·i·tal·iz·ing, cap·i·tal·iz·es
1. To use as or convert into capital.
2. To supply with capital or investment funds: capitalize a new business.
3. To authorize the issue of a certain amount of capital stock of: capitalize a corporation.
4. To convert (debt) into capital stock or shares.
5. To calculate the current value of (a future stream of earnings or cash flows).
6. To include (expenditures) in business accounts as assets instead of expenses.
a. To write or print in capital letters.
b. To begin a word with a capital letter.
To turn something to one's advantage; benefit: capitalize on an opponent's error.
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Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices
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