verb (used with object), cap·i·tal·ized, cap·i·tal·iz·ing.
- to write or print in capital letters letters or with an initial capital letter.
- to authorize a certain amount of stocks and bonds in the corporate charter of: to capitalize a corporation.
- to issue stock as a dividend, thereby capitalizing retained earnings, or as settlement of an unpaid arrearage of preferred dividends.
- Accounting. to set up (expenditures) as business assets in the books of account instead of treating as expense.
- to supply with capital.
- to estimate the value of (a stock or an enterprise).
verb (used without object), cap·i·tal·ized, cap·i·tal·iz·ing.
- to take advantage of; turn something to one’s advantage (often followed by on): to capitalize on one’s opportunities.
verb (mainly tr)
- (intr foll by on) to take advantage (of); profit (by)
- to write or print (text) in capital letters or with the first letter of (a word or words) in capital letters
- to convert (debt or retained earnings) into capital stock
- to authorize (a business enterprise) to issue a specified amount of capital stock
- to provide with capital
- accounting to treat (expenditures) as assets
- to estimate the present value of (a periodical income)
- to compute the present value of (a business) from actual or potential earnings
v.“write or print in capital letters,” 1764, from capital (n.1) + -ize. Meaning “to convert (assets) to capital” is recorded from 1868. Related: Capitalized; capitalizing.