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capital

noun uk   /ˈkæp.ɪ.təl/ us    /-t̬əl/

capital noun (CITY)

A2 [C] a city that is the centre of government of a country or smaller political area: Australia's capital city is Canberra. [C] the most important place for a particular business or activity: London used to be the financial capital of the world.
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capital noun (LETTER)

A2 [C] ( also capital letter) a letter of the alphabet in the form and larger size that is used at the beginning of sentences and names: Please print your name in capitals. A proper noun should start with a capital.
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capital noun (MONEY)

[U] money and possessions, especially a large amount of money used for producing more wealth or for starting a new business: She leaves her capital untouched in the bank and lives off the interest. We put $20,000 capital into the business, but we're unlikely to see any return for a few years.
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capital noun (COLUMN)

[C] specialized architecture the top part of a column

capital

adjective uk   /ˈkæp.ɪ.təl/ us    /-t̬əl/

capital adjective (LETTER)

(of a letter of the alphabet) in the form and larger size that is used at the beginning of sentences and names: Do you write "calvinist" with a capital "C" or not?

capital adjective (DEATH)

capital crime/offence a crime that can be punished by death: In some countries, importing drugs is a capital offence.

capital adjective (EXCELLENT)

UK old-fashioned very good or excellent: That's a capital idea!
(Definition of capital from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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