Definition of “capital” - English Dictionary

“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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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/

capital adjective [ not gradable ] (OF DEATH)

(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)