Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

  

English definition of “capitalize”

capitalize

verb [T] ( UK also capitalise)     /ˈkæpɪtəlaɪz/
[often passive] FINANCE to supply money to a business so that it can operate or develop , or to get enough money to do this: be capitalized at sth He said that he expected most companies that are capitalized at $500,000 or more to be listed on the stock exchange .
ACCOUNTING to include part of the money spent on equipment , buildings , etc. as an asset in your accounts each year over a period of years : We can capitalize the cost of new machinery over the next ten years .
(Definition of capitalize verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of capitalize

Definitions of “capitalize” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

familiarity

a good knowledge of something, or the fact that you know it so well

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More