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Definition of capitalize
1 [no object]
) take the chance to gain advantage from:an attempt by the opposition to capitalize on the government’s embarrassment
2 [with object] provide (a company or industry) with capital: (as adjective capitalized)a highly capitalized industry 3realize (the present value of an income); convert into capital. reckon (the value of an asset) by setting future benefits against the cost of maintenance:a trader will want to capitalize repairs expenditure 4 [with object] write or print (a word or letter) in capital letters. begin (a word) with a capital letter.