What does capitalise mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. capitalize, capitaliseverb

    supply with capital, as of a business by using a combination of capital used by investors and debt capital provided by lenders

  2. capitalize, capitalise, take advantageverb

    draw advantages from

    "he is capitalizing on her mistake"; "she took advantage of his absence to meet her lover"

  3. capitalize, capitaliseverb

    write in capital letters

  4. capitalize, capitaliseverb

    compute the present value of a business or an income

  5. capitalize, capitaliseverb

    consider expenditures as capital assets rather than expenses

  6. capitalize, capitaliseverb

    convert (a company's reserve funds) into capital


  1. capitaliseverb

    (followed by on) To seize, as an opportunity; to obtain a benefit.

    The home team appeared to have the advantage throughout the game, and finally capitalised on their opponents' weakness with just two minutes remaining, scoring several points in quick succession.

  2. capitaliseverb

    to make use of capital letters (a.k.a. upper case).

    In English, proper nouns should always be capitalised.

  3. capitaliseverb

    to have, contribute or acquire capital (money or other resources) for a business.

    Some states require proof that a new venture is properly capitalised before the state will issue a certificate of incorporation.

  4. capitaliseverb

    to convert into capital, i.e. to get cash or similar immediately fungible resources for some less fungible property or source of future income.

    If we obtain a loan using the business as collateral, the effect will be to capitalise our next ten years of income, giving us cash today that we can use to buy out our competitor.

  5. capitaliseverb

    to treat as capital, not as an expense. (This has implications for when deductions may be taken, at least under US law.)

  6. capitaliseverb

    To profit or to obtain an advantage.

    The home team took several shots on goal but was unable to capitalise until late in the game.

  7. Etymology: From capitalis, "of or pertaining to head", + -ise; probably via.


  1. capitalise

    To capitalise means to take advantage of or benefit from a particular situation or circumstance. In finance, it refers to the process of funding a business with a combination of debt and equity or retained earnings, or to convert a company's reserve funds into capital. It can also mean putting a capital letter at the beginning of a word, especially at the beginning of a sentence or a proper noun.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of capitalise in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of capitalise in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of capitalise in a Sentence

  1. Lupin Chief Executive Vinita Gupta:

    (The deal) significantly boosts Lupin's existing business and growth prospects over the next few years, it puts us in a tremendous position from the pipeline perspective to capitalise on generics opportunities.

  2. Graham Buck:

    While high street banks continue to perform strongly, there are clear examples of other FX providers gaining market share, particularly in the Micro and SME segments, newer market entrants that differentiate their offerings by service quality or value for money can capitalise on any complacency from their more established competitors and gain ground across market, mind and wallet share.

  3. Jaya Murthy:

    There are innovative minds and people all over the world that are coming up with solutions that can be game changers in terms of helping children to stay alive and realise their full potential, We need to be as open-minded as possible to continue to be on the cutting edge of new technological developments so that we can capitalise on them to accelerate the progress for children.

  4. Jose Munoz:

    The key word is flexibility, i can't (give) you concrete numbers now but we have already started to work on how we can capitalise on the available capacity in Japan for North America.

  5. Ibrahim Nimr:

    The market was in downtrend this week and was not able to capitalise on some opportunities from international stock markets prior to Britain's referendum today.

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