When you start a word with a capital letter, this is an example of when you capitalize the first letter.
When your boss makes a mistake and you take the opportunity to try to get his job, this is an example of a time when you capitalize on his mistake.
When you provide the funding for a start-up company to get off the ground, this is an example of a time when you capitalize the company.
Capitalize on an opponent's error.
If we obtain a loan using the business as collateral, the effect will be to capitalize our next ten years of income, giving us cash today that we can use to buy out our competitor.
The home team appeared to have the advantage throughout the game, and finally capitalized on their opponents' weakness with just two minutes remaining, scoring several points in quick succession.
Capitalize a new business.
Capitalize a corporation.
- to use something to one's own advantage or profit