Capital meaning

kăpĭ-tl
Money or other assets used or available for the production of wealth. A crime punishable by or involving the death penalty.
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A capital letter.
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The expenditure of money to purchase, improve, or repair property that has, or whose improvement has, a useful life that is substantially longer than the length of the taxable year in which the purchase, improvement, or repair is made. Not deductible for income tax purposes, but may be subject to depletion or depreciation. Also called capital expense.
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The top part of a column or pilaster.
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The top part of a pillar or column.
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Same as capital offense. See offense.
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Interpreters need a good amount of cultural capital in order to function efficiently in the profession.

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Chief, in a political sense, as being the seat of the general government of a state or nation.

London and Paris are capital cities.

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(UK, dated) Excellent.

That is a capital idea!

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Involving punishment by death.
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One begins a sentence with a capital letter.

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Of or relating to the head.
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(uppercase): lower-case.
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The definition of capital is wealth used to create more wealth, a upper case letter, the place where an official government seat is located, or the primary place where an industry is located.

An example of capital is five thousand dollars available to invest.

An example of a capital is the first letter of a person's name.

An example of a capital is Sacramento; the capital of California.

An example of a capital is Dalton, Georgia, known for the carpet industry; the carpet capital.

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Capital is defined as the most important or most serious, something related to wealth, the seat of government, or punishable by death.

An example of capital is the most important quality an employer is looking for in a potential employee; a capital quality.

An example of capital is an investment; a capital investment.

An example of capital is the White House; the capital of U.S. government.

An example of capital is the crime of first degree murder; a capital offense.

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Capitalists considered as a group or class.
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First and foremost; principal.

A decision of capital importance.

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First-rate; excellent.

A capital idea.

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Relating to or being a seat of government.
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Extremely serious.

A capital blunder.

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Involving death or calling for the death penalty.

A capital offense.

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Of or relating to financial assets, especially being or related to those financial assets that add to the net worth of a business.

Made capital improvements at the plant site.

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Relating to or being a capital letter.
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Punishable by or involving execution (originally by decapitation)

A capital offense.

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Most important or most serious; principal; chief.

A capital virtue.

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Of most political importance, as being the seat of government.

A capital city.

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Of or having to do with capital, or wealth.
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First-rate; excellent.

A capital idea.

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A city or town that is the official seat of government of a state, nation, etc.
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A city where a certain industry, activity, etc. is centered.

The rubber capital.

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Wealth (money or property) owned or used in business by a person, corporation, etc.
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An accumulated stock of such wealth or its value.
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Wealth, in whatever form, used or capable of being used to produce more wealth.
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Any source of benefit or assistance.
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Capitalists collectively.
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The amount of funds that represent an ownership stake in a business or new venture that can be used to create wealth.
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The net worth of a business, or the amount by which assets exceed liabilities.
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Accumulated wealth such as cash, stocks, and other investments.
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See offense.
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See asset.
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See capital expenditure.
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See gain.
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See tax.
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See loss.
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See stock.
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(uncountable, economics) 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.

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(uncountable, business, finance) Money and wealth. The means to acquire goods and services, especially in a non-barter system.
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(countable) 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.

Washington D.C. is the capital of the United States of America.

The Welsh government claims that Cardiff is Europe’s youngest capital.

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(countable) The most important city in the field specified.
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(countable) An uppercase letter.
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(countable, architecture) The uppermost part of a column.
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make capital of
  • to make the most of; exploit
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

make capital of

Origin of capital

  • From Middle English principal from Old French from Latin capitālis from caput head, money laid out kaput- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English from Anglo-Norman from Late Latin capitellum diminutive of Latin caput head kaput- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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

    From Wiktionary

  • Compare chattel and kith and kine (“all one’s possessions”), which also use “cow” to mean “property”.

    From Wiktionary