from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To provide an excess amount of capital for (a business enterprise).
- transitive v. To estimate the value of (property) too highly.
- transitive v. To place an unlawfully or unreasonably high value on the nominal capital of (a corporation).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. to estimate the value of a company, stock etc too highly
- v. to capitalize a business beyond a sustainable level
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. capitalize beyond what the business or the profit-making prospects warrant
- v. estimate the capital value of (a company) at an unreasonably or unlawfully high level
- v. overestimate the market value of
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DUBLIN/LONDON-Ireland expects to "overcapitalize" its ailing banks and force them to sell more assets or transfer more loans to the country's "bad bank" as part of an industry overhaul that may see more nationalizations.
"overcapitalize" its banks in return for EU/IMF assistance.
In the excitement of improving your home, its easy to overcapitalize.
BTW, my two years of German in college has made me prone to overcapitalize and that has nothing to do with my political views.
A more usual practice, and more dangerous - because it deceives even the intelligent-is to overcapitalize an honest business, to issue "watered" stock-that is, stock in excess of the actual value of plant, patents, and other assets.
I know there's other people out there talking about tighter spacing, but as an industry we have a tendency to overcapitalize our successes.