What does capital mean?

Definitions for capital
ˈkæp ɪ tlcap·i·tal

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word capital.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. capital, working capital(noun)

    assets available for use in the production of further assets

  2. capital(noun)

    wealth in the form of money or property owned by a person or business and human resources of economic value

  3. capital(noun)

    a seat of government

  4. capital, capital letter, uppercase, upper-case letter, majuscule(noun)

    one of the large alphabetic characters used as the first letter in writing or printing proper names and sometimes for emphasis

    "printers once kept the type for capitals and for small letters in separate cases; capitals were kept in the upper half of the type case and so became known as upper-case letters"

  5. capital(noun)

    a center that is associated more than any other with some activity or product

    "the crime capital of Italy"; "the drug capital of Columbia"

  6. Capital, Washington(noun)

    the federal government of the United States

  7. Das Kapital, Capital(noun)

    a book written by Karl Marx (1867) describing his economic theories

  8. capital, chapiter, cap(adj)

    the upper part of a column that supports the entablature

  9. capital(adj)

    first-rate

    "a capital fellow"; "a capital idea"

  10. capital(adj)

    of primary importance

    "our capital concern was to avoid defeat"

  11. capital, great, majuscule(adj)

    uppercase

    "capital A"; "great A"; "many medieval manuscripts are in majuscule script"

Wiktionary

  1. capital(Noun)

    Already-produced durable goods available for use as a factor of production, such as steam shovels (equipment) and office buildings (structures).

    He does not have enough capital to start a business.

    Etymology: From capitalis, in sense “head of cattle”, from caput (English cap). Use in trade and finance originated in Medieval economies when a common but expensive transaction involved trading heads of cattle.

  2. capital(Noun)

    Money and wealth. The means to acquire goods and services, especially in a non-barter system.

    Etymology: From capitalis, in sense “head of cattle”, from caput (English cap). Use in trade and finance originated in Medieval economies when a common but expensive transaction involved trading heads of cattle.

  3. capital(Noun)

    A city designated as a legislative seat by the government or some other authority, often the city in which the government is located; otherwise the most important city within a country or a subdivision of it.

    Etymology: From capitalis, in sense “head of cattle”, from caput (English cap). Use in trade and finance originated in Medieval economies when a common but expensive transaction involved trading heads of cattle.

  4. capital(Noun)

    The most important city in the field specified.

    Etymology: From capitalis, in sense “head of cattle”, from caput (English cap). Use in trade and finance originated in Medieval economies when a common but expensive transaction involved trading heads of cattle.

  5. capital(Noun)

    An uppercase letter.

    Etymology: From capitalis, in sense “head of cattle”, from caput (English cap). Use in trade and finance originated in Medieval economies when a common but expensive transaction involved trading heads of cattle.

  6. capital(Noun)

    The uppermost part of a column.

    Etymology: From capitalis, in sense “head of cattle”, from caput (English cap). Use in trade and finance originated in Medieval economies when a common but expensive transaction involved trading heads of cattle.

  7. capital(Noun)

    Knowledge; awareness; proficiency.

    Interpreters need a good amount of cultural capital in order to function efficiently in the profession.

    Etymology: From capitalis, in sense “head of cattle”, from caput (English cap). Use in trade and finance originated in Medieval economies when a common but expensive transaction involved trading heads of cattle.

  8. capital(Adjective)

    of prime importance

    Etymology: From capitalis, in sense “head of cattle”, from caput (English cap). Use in trade and finance originated in Medieval economies when a common but expensive transaction involved trading heads of cattle.

  9. capital(Adjective)

    excellent

    That is a capital idea!

    Etymology: From capitalis, in sense “head of cattle”, from caput (English cap). Use in trade and finance originated in Medieval economies when a common but expensive transaction involved trading heads of cattle.

  10. capital(Adjective)

    Involving punishment by death.

    Etymology: From capitalis, in sense “head of cattle”, from caput (English cap). Use in trade and finance originated in Medieval economies when a common but expensive transaction involved trading heads of cattle.

  11. capital(Adjective)

    uppercase

    One begins a sentence with a capital letter.

    Etymology: From capitalis, in sense “head of cattle”, from caput (English cap). Use in trade and finance originated in Medieval economies when a common but expensive transaction involved trading heads of cattle.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Capital(noun)

    of or pertaining to the head

    Etymology: [Cf. L. capitellum and capitulum, a small head, the head, top, or capital of a column, dim. of caput head; F. chapiteau, OF. capitel. See chief, and cf. cattle, chattel, chapiter, chapter.]

  2. Capital(noun)

    having reference to, or involving, the forfeiture of the head or life; affecting life; punishable with death; as, capital trials; capital punishment

    Etymology: [Cf. L. capitellum and capitulum, a small head, the head, top, or capital of a column, dim. of caput head; F. chapiteau, OF. capitel. See chief, and cf. cattle, chattel, chapiter, chapter.]

  3. Capital(noun)

    first in importance; chief; principal

    Etymology: [Cf. L. capitellum and capitulum, a small head, the head, top, or capital of a column, dim. of caput head; F. chapiteau, OF. capitel. See chief, and cf. cattle, chattel, chapiter, chapter.]

  4. Capital(noun)

    chief, in a political sense, as being the seat of the general government of a state or nation; as, Washington and Paris are capital cities

    Etymology: [Cf. L. capitellum and capitulum, a small head, the head, top, or capital of a column, dim. of caput head; F. chapiteau, OF. capitel. See chief, and cf. cattle, chattel, chapiter, chapter.]

  5. Capital(noun)

    of first rate quality; excellent; as, a capital speech or song

    Etymology: [Cf. L. capitellum and capitulum, a small head, the head, top, or capital of a column, dim. of caput head; F. chapiteau, OF. capitel. See chief, and cf. cattle, chattel, chapiter, chapter.]

  6. Capital(noun)

    the head or uppermost member of a column, pilaster, etc. It consists generally of three parts, abacus, bell (or vase), and necking. See these terms, and Column

    Etymology: [Cf. L. capitellum and capitulum, a small head, the head, top, or capital of a column, dim. of caput head; F. chapiteau, OF. capitel. See chief, and cf. cattle, chattel, chapiter, chapter.]

  7. Capital(noun)

    the seat of government; the chief city or town in a country; a metropolis

    Etymology: [Cf. L. capitellum and capitulum, a small head, the head, top, or capital of a column, dim. of caput head; F. chapiteau, OF. capitel. See chief, and cf. cattle, chattel, chapiter, chapter.]

  8. Capital(noun)

    money, property, or stock employed in trade, manufactures, etc.; the sum invested or lent, as distinguished from the income or interest. See Capital stock, under Capital, a

    Etymology: [Cf. L. capitellum and capitulum, a small head, the head, top, or capital of a column, dim. of caput head; F. chapiteau, OF. capitel. See chief, and cf. cattle, chattel, chapiter, chapter.]

  9. Capital(adj)

    that portion of the produce of industry, which may be directly employed either to support human beings or to assist in production

    Etymology: [Cf. L. capitellum and capitulum, a small head, the head, top, or capital of a column, dim. of caput head; F. chapiteau, OF. capitel. See chief, and cf. cattle, chattel, chapiter, chapter.]

  10. Capital(adj)

    anything which can be used to increase one's power or influence

    Etymology: [Cf. L. capitellum and capitulum, a small head, the head, top, or capital of a column, dim. of caput head; F. chapiteau, OF. capitel. See chief, and cf. cattle, chattel, chapiter, chapter.]

  11. Capital(adj)

    an imaginary line dividing a bastion, ravelin, or other work, into two equal parts

    Etymology: [Cf. L. capitellum and capitulum, a small head, the head, top, or capital of a column, dim. of caput head; F. chapiteau, OF. capitel. See chief, and cf. cattle, chattel, chapiter, chapter.]

  12. Capital(adj)

    a chapter, or section, of a book

    Etymology: [Cf. L. capitellum and capitulum, a small head, the head, top, or capital of a column, dim. of caput head; F. chapiteau, OF. capitel. See chief, and cf. cattle, chattel, chapiter, chapter.]

  13. Capital(adj)

    see Capital letter, under Capital, a

    Etymology: [Cf. L. capitellum and capitulum, a small head, the head, top, or capital of a column, dim. of caput head; F. chapiteau, OF. capitel. See chief, and cf. cattle, chattel, chapiter, chapter.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Capital

    kap′it-al, adj. relating to the head: involving the loss of the head; chief: principal: excellent.—n. the head or top part of a column or pillar: the chief or most important thing: the chief city of a country: a large letter, such as used on title-pages, &c.: the stock or money for carrying on any business.—n. Capitalisā′tion, the act of converting into capital: printing with capital letters.—v.t. Cap′italīse, to convert into capital or money.—ns. Cap′italism, condition of possessing capital: the economic system which generates capitalists; Cap′italist, one who has capital or money.—adv. Cap′itally, chiefly: principally: excellently: by capital punishment.—adj. Cap′itate (bot.), growing in or shaped like a head.—ns. Capitā′tion, a numbering of every head or individual: a tax on every head; Capite (kap′it-i), an ancient English tenure (Shak.).—Circulating or Floating capital consists of the wages paid to the workmen, and of the raw material used up in the processes of industry, &c.; Fixed capital consists of buildings, machines, tools, &c.—Hold lands in capite, to hold them directly from the sovereign.—Make capital out of, to turn to advantage. [O. Fr. capitel—L. capitaliscaput, the head.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. capital

    In technical fortification, is an imaginary line bisecting the salient angle of a work.

Editors Contribution

  1. capital

    A form of money, property or assets.

    The capital costs were easily defined and managed.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 14, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'capital' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #734

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'capital' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1253

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'capital' in Nouns Frequency: #309

How to pronounce capital?

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How to say capital in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of capital in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of capital in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of capital in a Sentence

  1. Oliver Samwer:

    There is not as much money available to start-ups as in 2014 and 2015. Investors have become more cautious, for those who have capital, the best time is starting.

  2. Aker Solutions:

    Major western oil companies are expected to continue exercising strong capital and cost discipline over the next one to two years, a trend that has been reinforced by falling oil prices, activity in the North Sea, the company's largest regional market, is expected to be lower over the next one to two years.

  3. Kathleen Smith:

    There's no doubt that there's an excess amount of capital in the private markets and that it has been exacerbated by SoftBank's Vision Fund.

  4. Marcus Xu:

    The Canadian economy is behaving like an emerging market now, as rates start going higher in the U.S. and on the other side with the lower energy price, you going to see a flight of capital out of Canada go to higher return countries, namely the U.S..

  5. Miyamoto Musashi:

    There is timing in the whole life of the warrior, in his thriving and declining, in his harmony and discord. Similarly, there is timing in the Way of the merchant, in the rise and fall of capital. All things entail rising and falling timing. You must be able to discern this.

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Translations for capital

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  • kapitaalAfrikaans
  • حرف كبير, رأس مال, رأسمالArabic
  • бага́цце, капіта́лBelarusian
  • гла́вна бу́ква, главен, капите́л, капита́л, основенBulgarian
  • capital, capitell, excel·lent, majúscula, lletra majúsculaCatalan, Valencian
  • kapitál, velké písmeno, hlaviceCzech
  • cyfalafWelsh
  • Kapital, Großbuchstabe, Groß-, großartig, KapitellGerman
  • κεφάλαιο, κιονόκρανο, κεφαλαίος, κεφαλαιώδηςGreek
  • capital, mayúscula, excelente, capitelSpanish
  • kapital, kapiteelEstonian
  • سرمایهPersian
  • mahtava, versaalikirjain, pääasiallinen, iso, versaali, fantastinen, iso kirjain, suurenmoinen, pääoma, majuskeli, ensisijainen, loistava, kapiteeliFinnish
  • capital, majuscule, chapiteau, excellentFrench
  • caipiteal, ceannlitirIrish
  • airgead-calpaScottish Gaelic
  • capitalGalician
  • bun-argidManx
  • הוןHebrew
  • tőke, nagybetű, oszlopfőHungarian
  • կապիտալ, մեծատառArmenian
  • modal, kapitalIndonesian
  • kapitaloIdo
  • höfuðborgIcelandic
  • capitale, eccellente, magnifico, maiuscola, maiuscolo, splendido, ottimo, principale, capitelloItalian
  • 素晴らしい, 優れた, 資本, 大文字, 致命的, 柱頭, 主要, 主Japanese
  • კაპიტალი, დიდი ასო, ასომთავრულიGeorgian
  • қаражатKazakh
  • 가장 중요한, 어퍼케이스, 資本, 대사, 자본, 대문자, 사형, 최상의, 大文字, 최고의Korean
  • urbeLatin
  • pūmatua, moni haupū, moni haupū rawaMāori
  • капиталMacedonian
  • മരണ ശിക്ഷ, മൂലധനംMalayalam
  • modalMalay
  • excellent, uitstekend, kapiteel, kapitaal, hoofd-, hoofd(letter), hoofdletter, dood(straf)Dutch
  • kapitał, duża litera, wielka litera, nagłówekPolish
  • capital, [[letra]] [[maiúscula]], excelente, maiúsculo, capitel, fundamental, maiúsculaPortuguese
  • capital, chapital, chapitêlRomansh
  • capitalRomanian
  • капита́л, основной, главный, загла́вная бу́ква, заглавный, капите́ль, отличный, больша́я бу́ква, бога́тство, превосходный, капитальный, прописна́я бу́ква, большой, состоя́ниеRussian
  • капитал, kapitalSerbo-Croatian
  • kapitálSlovak
  • kapitalSlovene
  • kapitalAlbanian
  • versal, kapital, stor bokstav, huvudsakligSwedish
  • పెట్టుబడి, సంపదTelugu
  • kabisera, kapitalTagalog
  • anapara, kapital, büyük, anamal, büyük harf, sermayeTurkish
  • бага́тство, капіта́лUkrainian
  • سرمایہUrdu
  • tư bản, chính, vốnVietnamese
  • mayudik, mayud, katädVolapük

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