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Definition of capitalize verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they capitalize
    he / she / it capitalizes
    past simple capitalized
    -ing form capitalizing
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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
  3. 3[usually passive] capitalize something (business) to provide a company etc. with the money it needs to function
  4. Phrasal Verbscapitalize on/upon something
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noun [uncountable, singular]
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: capitalize

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