cap|i|tal1 W1S3 [ˈkæpıtl] n
4¦(centre of activity)¦
5 make capital from/out of something
[Sense: 1, 3-4; Date: 1600-1700; Origin: CAPITAL2]
[Sense: 2,5; Date: 1600-1700; : French; Origin: Italian capitale, from Latin capitalis; CAPITAL2]
[Sense: 6; Date: 1200-1300; : Old North French; Origin: capitel, from Late Latin capitellum, from Latin caput; CAPITAL2]
1.) ¦(CITY)¦
an important city where the main government of a country, state etc is
Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States
2.) ¦(MONEY)¦ [singular, U]
money or property, especially when it is used to start a business or to produce more wealth
The government is eager to attract foreign capital.
3.) ¦(LETTER)¦
a letter of the alphabet written in its large form as it is, for example, at the beginning of someone's name
→↑lower case, upper case ↑upper case
a place that is a centre for an industry, business, or other activity
Hollywood is the capital of the movie industry.
5.) make capital from/out of sth
to use a situation or event to help you get an advantage
6.) ¦(BUILDING)¦ technical
the top part of a ↑column (=a long stone post used in some buildings)
capital 2
capital2 W3S3 adj
[Date: 1100-1200; : Latin; Origin: capitalis, from caput 'head']
1.) a capital letter is one that is written or printed in its large form
→↑lower case, upper case ↑upper case
capital 'B'
2.) relating to money that you use to start a business or to make more money
capital investments
3.) capital offence/crime
an offence that is punished by death
4.) trouble with a capital T, fast with a capital F etc informal
used with any word in order to emphasize that you are talking about an extreme type of something
5.) old-fashioned excellent

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.


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