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"capital" in British English

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capitalnoun

uk   /ˈkæp.ɪ.təl/ us   /ˈkæp.ə.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

capitaladjective

uk   /ˈkæp.ɪ.təl/ us   /ˈkæp.ə.t̬əl/
(Definition of capital from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"capital" in American English

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capitalnoun

us   /ˈkæp·ɪ·t̬əl/
grammar [C] also capital letter a form of a letter used to begin sentences and names of people, places, and organizations: THIS SENTENCE IS PRINTED IN CAPITALS/CAPITAL LETTERS.
  • capital noun (CITY)

politics & government [C] a city which is the center of government for a country or other political area
  • capital noun (MONEY)

[U] wealth, esp. money used to produce more wealth through investment or a new business: She invested well, and can live on the interest without touching the capital.
capitalization
noun [U] us   /ˌkæp·ɪ·t̬əl·əˈzeɪ·ʃən/
Rules of capitalization vary from language to language.
capitalize
verb [T] us   /ˈkæp·ɪ·t̬əlˌɑɪz/
The names of streets are always capitalized.

capitaladjective [not gradable]

us   /ˈkæp·ɪ·t̬əl/
(of a crime) that can be punished by death: a capital offense
(Definition of capital from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"capital" in Business English

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capitalnoun

uk   /ˈkæpɪtəl/ us  
[U] FINANCE, ECONOMICS money that is used for investment or for starting a business: attract/borrow/raise capital Low-tax policies are used by some countries to attract capital.invest/inject capital The UK parent company decided not to inject further capital into the failing business. foreign/private capital Investors are finding that there has been a satisfactory return on capital.
[U] ACCOUNTING, FINANCE the total amount of money and property that an individual or company owns: tie up/release capital Most of our capital is tied up in property.
[U] FINANCE, ECONOMICS money that is lent or borrowed and will have to be paid back: Our mortgage is interest-only, so we're not paying off any of the capital.
[U] ECONOMICS, POLITICS people who own the businesses, land, industries, and other forms of wealth in society, considered as a group: There's a real conflict arising between the demands of capital and labour.
[C] also capital city the city where a country or state has its central government: What's the capital of China?
(Definition of capital from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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