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capital1 British & World English

The city or town that functions as the seat of government and administrative centre of a country or region

capital2 British & World English

The distinct, typically broader section at the head of a pillar or column

capital English Thesaurus

Warsaw is the capital of Poland

capital city in capital1 British & World English

The city or town that functions as the seat of government and administrative centre of a country or region

capital sum British & World English

A lump sum of money payable to an insured person or paid as an initial fee or investment

non-capital British & World English

(Of an offence) not punishable by death

capital gain British & World English

A profit from the sale of property or an investment

capital goods British & World English

Goods that are used in producing other goods, rather than being bought by consumers

capital levy British & World English

A tax by means of which the state appropriates a fixed proportion of private wealth

capital ratio British & World English

The extent to which a financial institution finances its operations by issuing shares and retaining profits, expressed as a percentage of its assets

capital ship British & World English

A large warship such as a battleship or aircraft carrier

drop capital British & World English

A large capital letter at the beginning of a section of text, occupying more than the depth of one line

fixed capital British & World English

Capital invested in fixed assets

human capital British & World English

The skills, knowledge, and experience possessed by an individual or population, viewed in terms of their value or cost to an organization or country

loan capital British & World English

Money required to run a business which is raised from loans rather than shares

risk capital British & World English

Another term for venture capital.

seed capital British & World English

See seed money.

share capital British & World English

The part of the capital of a company that comes from the issue of shares

small capital British & World English

A capital letter which is of the same height as a lower-case x in the same typeface, as this

drop capital New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

large opening capital letter occupying more than the depth of a line

small capital New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

capital letter the same height as a lower-case x, like this

capital budget British & World English

A budget allocating money for the acquisition or maintenance of fixed assets such as land, buildings, and equipment

capital market British & World English

The part of a financial system concerned with raising capital by dealing in shares, bonds, and other long-term investments

capital reserve British & World English

A fund or account set aside for major long-term investment projects or other anticipated expenses

cushion capital British & World English

A capital resembling a cushion pressed down by a weight, seen particularly in Romanesque churches

flight capital British & World English

Money transferred abroad to avoid taxes or inflation or provide for possible emigration

social capital British & World English

The networks of relationships among people who live and work in a particular society, enabling that society to function effectively

venture capital British & World English

Capital invested in a project in which there is a substantial element of risk, typically a new or expanding business

working capital British & World English

The capital of a business which is used in its day-to-day trading operations, calculated as the current assets minus the current liabilities

capital adequacy British & World English

The statutory minimum reserves of capital which a bank or other financial institution must have available

capital-intensive British & World English

(Of a business or industrial process) requiring the investment of large sums of money

capital punishment British & World English

The legally authorized killing of someone as punishment for a crime

capital structure British & World English

The particular distribution of debt and equity that makes up the finances of a company

capital territory British & World English

(In Australia, Nigeria, Pakistan, etc.) the territory containing the capital city of the country

with a capital —— British & World English

Used to give emphasis to the word in question

capital expenditure British & World English

Money spent by a business or organization on acquiring or maintaining fixed assets, such as land, buildings, and equipment

capital gains tax British & World English

A tax levied on profit from the sale of property or an investment

capital transfer tax British & World English

(In the UK) a tax levied on the transfer of capital by gift or bequest (replaced in 1986 by inheritance tax)

make capital out of British & World English

Use to one’s own advantage

Australian Capital Territory British & World English

A federal territory in New South Wales, Australia, consisting of two enclaves ceded by New South Wales, one in 1911 to contain Canberra, the other in 1915 containing Jervis Bay; the latter became the Jervis Bay Territory in 1988

Australian Capital Territory New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

federal territory in New South Wales, Australia


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