Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To use as or convert into capital.
  • transitive v. To supply with capital or investment funds: capitalize a new business.
  • transitive v. To authorize the issue of a certain amount of capital stock of: capitalize a corporation.
  • transitive v. To convert (debt) into capital stock or shares.
  • transitive v. To calculate the current value of (a future stream of earnings or cash flows).
  • transitive v. To include (expenditures) in business accounts as assets instead of expenses.
  • transitive v. To write or print in capital letters.
  • transitive v. To begin a word with a capital letter.
  • intransitive v. To turn something to one's advantage; benefit: capitalize on an opponent's error. See Synonyms at benefit.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. In writing or editing, to write in capital letters, in upper case, either the entire word or text, or just the initial letter(s) thereof.
  • v. To contribute or acquire capital (money or other resources) for.
  • v. To convert into capital, ie to get cash or similar immediately fungible resources for some less fungible property or source of future income.
  • v. To treat as capital, not as an expense.
  • v. To profit or to obtain an advantage.
  • v. To seize, as an opportunity; to obtain a benefit.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To convert into capital, or to use as capital.
  • transitive v. To compute, appraise, or assess the capital value of (a patent right, an annuity, etc.)
  • transitive v. To print in capital letters, or with an initial capital.
  • transitive v. To supply capital for (an enterprise), especially by selling capital stock.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To begin with a capital letter: as, to capitalize the first word of a sentence. Also spelled capitalise, and abbreviated to cap.
  • To convert into capital or into an equivalent capital sum.
  • To convert (floating debt) into stock or shares. Also spelled capitalise.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. compute the present value of a business or an income
  • v. supply with capital, as of a business by using a combination of capital used by investors and debt capital provided by lenders
  • v. convert (a company's reserve funds) into capital
  • v. draw advantages from
  • v. consider expenditures as capital assets rather than expenses
  • v. write in capital letters

Etymologies

capital +‎ -ize (Wiktionary)

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  • capitalize every sentence and end it with a period

    January 25, 2007