Definition of capitalize verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    (British English also -ise) verb
    BrE BrE//ˈkæpɪtəlaɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkæpɪtəlaɪz//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they capitalize
    BrE BrE//ˈkæpɪtəlaɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkæpɪtəlaɪz//
    he / she / it capitalizes
    BrE BrE//ˈkæpɪtəlaɪzɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkæpɪtəlaɪzɪz//
    past simple capitalized
    BrE BrE//ˈkæpɪtəlaɪzd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkæpɪtəlaɪzd//
    past participle capitalized
    BrE BrE//ˈkæpɪtəlaɪzd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkæpɪtəlaɪzd//
    -ing form capitalizing
    BrE BrE//ˈkæpɪtəlaɪzɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkæpɪtəlaɪzɪŋ//
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  1. 1capitalize something to write or print a letter of the alphabet as a capital; to begin a word with a capital letter All capitalized words are explained in the glossary.
  2. 2capitalize something (business) to sell possessions in order to change them into money One option would be to capitalize part of your pension.
  3. 3[usually passive] capitalize something (business) to provide a company etc. with the money it needs to function
  4. Phrasal Verbscapitalize on something
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: capitalize

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