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capitalnoun

 us   /ˈkæp·ɪ·t̬əl/
grammar [C] (also capital letter) a ​form of a letter used to ​beginsentences 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 ​politicalarea
  • 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 British English

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capitalnoun

uk   /ˈkæp.ɪ.təl/  us   /-t̬əl/
  • capital noun (CITY)

A2 [C] a ​city that is the ​centre of ​government of a ​country or ​smallerpoliticalarea: Australia's capital ​city is Canberra. [C] the most ​importantplace for a ​particularbusiness 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 ​largersize that is used at the ​beginning of ​sentences and ​names: Please ​printyourname in capitals. A ​propernoun should ​start with a capital.

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  • capital noun (MONEY)

[U] money and possessions, ​especially a ​largeamount 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 ​toppart of a ​column

capitaladjective

uk   /ˈkæp.ɪ.təl/  us   /-t̬əl/
(Definition of capital from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"capital" in Business English

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capitalnoun

uk   us   /ˈkæpɪtəl/
[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 ​parentcompany decided not to ​inject further capital into the ​failingbusiness. foreign/​private capital Investors are ​finding that there has been a ​satisfactory return on capital.
[U] ACCOUNTING, FINANCE the ​totalamount of ​money and ​property that an ​individual or ​companyowns: 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 ​realconflict arising between the ​demands of capital and ​labour.
[C] (also capital city) the city where a country or ​state has its ​centralgovernment: What's the capital of China?
(Definition of capital from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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