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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.
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