verb (-ized; -izing) Date: 1764 transitive verb 1. to write or print with an initial capital or in capitals 2. a. to convert into capital <
capitalize the company's reserve fund
b. to treat as an amortizable investment in long-term capital assets rather than as an ordinary operating expense to be charged against revenue for the period in which it is incurred <
capitalize development costs
3. a. to compute the present value of (an income extended over a period of time) b. to convert (a periodic payment) into an equivalent capital sum <
capitalized annuities
4. to supply capital for intransitive verb to gain by turning something to advantage ; profit <
capitalize on an opponent's mistake

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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