American English

Definition of capital noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1(also capital city) [countable] the city where the central government of a country or state operates from Baton Rouge is the capital of Louisiana. Troops are stationed in and around the capital. a tour of six European capital cities (figurative) Paris, the fashion capital of the world
  2. money
  3. 2[singular] a large amount of money that is invested or is used to start a business to set up a business with a capital investment of $100,000
  4. 3[uncountable] wealth or property that is owned by a business or a person capital assets capital expenditure (= money that an organization spends on buildings, equipment, etc.)
  5. 4[uncountable] (technology) people who use their money to start businesses, considered as a group capital and labor
  6. letter
  7. 5(also capital letter) [countable] a letter of the form and size that is used at the beginning of a sentence or a name (= A, B, C rather than a, b, c) Acronyms are usually written in capitals. Please write in capitals/in capital letters.
  8. architecture
  9. 6the top part of a column
  10. Idioms
    make capital (out) of something
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    to use a situation for your own advantage The opposition parties are making political capital out of the government's problems.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: capital