Meaning of “capitalize” in the English Dictionary

"capitalize" in Business English

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capitalizeverb [ T ]

UK also capitalise uk /ˈkæpɪtəlaɪz/ us

[ 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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(Definition of “capitalize” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)