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Definition of capital
1 (also capital city or town) the most important city or town of a country or region, usually its seat of government and administrative center. [with modifier] a place associated more than any other with a specified activity or product:Milan is the fashion capital of the world 2wealth in the form of money or other assets owned by a person or organization or available or contributed for a particular purpose such as starting a company or investing:the senior partner would provide the initial capital rates of return on invested capital were high the excess of a company’s assets over its liabilities. people who possess wealth and use it to control a society’s economic activity, considered collectively:a conflict of interest between capital and labor [with modifier] a valuable resource of a particular kind:there is insufficient investment in human capital 3 (also capital letter) a letter of the size and form used to begin sentences and names:he wrote the name in capitals
1 [attributive] (of an offense or charge) liable to the death penalty:murder was a capital crime 2 [attributive] (of a letter of the alphabet) large in size and of the form used to begin sentences and names.
3 informal dated excellent:he’s a really capital fellow
exclamation British informal dated
used to express approval, satisfaction, or delight:That’s splendid! Capital!