There are 2 definitions of capital in English:

capital1

Syllabification: cap·i·tal
Pronunciation: /ˈkapitl
 
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noun

  • 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.
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    • Coaches have been booked to ferry demonstrators to the capital from towns and cities across the UK.
    • The duo paid a six figure sum for the rights to open a store on Hanover Street in the capital's city centre, which opens next month.
    • In Europe most urban growth was in the large cities and capitals, and smaller towns declined.
    Synonyms
    first city, seat of government, metropolis
  • 1.1 [with modifier] A place associated more than any other with a specified activity or product: Milan is the fashion capital of the world
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    • He has been all over and is a regular in the world's fashion capital, Paris.
    • Those chosen will be flown to Paris for training before they are launched in international fashion capitals.
    • The event will be the first held by a mass-market clothing chain in one of the world's fashion capitals.
  • 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
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    • The payback period is the number of years it takes before a project's discounted cash flows equal the initial capital invested.
    • Such a fast return on capital invested made the management purchase of Parc look like a real bargain.
    • There's a growing group of wealthy people who want to invest some of their capital in something that has a social purpose.
    Synonyms
    money, finance(s), funds, wherewithal, means, assets, wealth, resources, investment capital
    informal cash, dough, bread, loot, bucks
  • 2.1The excess of a company’s assets over its liabilities.
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    • Current assets minus current liabilities equals the working capital available.
    • Owner's equity is the net worth or capital of an individual or business.
  • 2.2People who possess wealth and use it to control a society’s economic activity, considered collectively: a conflict of interest between capital and labor
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    • The harmony George discerned between the interests of labor and capital applied only under free competition.
    • As with labour, the role of capital in economic development can be understood in terms of both quantity and quality.
    • Can this international division of labor and its control by capital be the basis for a consistent classification?
  • 2.3 [with modifier] A valuable resource of a particular kind: there is insufficient investment in human capital
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    • Consultancy fees can be regarded as investments in human capital and hence treated as capital expenditure, something the economists love.
    • On a more itemized basis, knowledge capital is intellectual and human capital, customer and supplier capital.
    • Both physical and human capital require social capital to generate changes in process and outcome and to offer value for money on the investment.
  • 3 (also capital letter) A letter of the size and form used to begin sentences and names: he wrote the name in capitals
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    • At the end of the game some fans standing in a row behind one of the goals held up the letters of Ronaldo's name in big white capitals, just like the Hollywood sign.
    • In tap, we have sentences and there is structure in the paragraph: All sentences begin with a capital letter; there are commas, exclamations.
    • The author of this new, third biography of the poet notes that Cummings signed his name in capitals in his personal correspondence, dealings with publishers and his diaries.
    Synonyms
    capital letters, uppercase letters, block letters
    informal caps

adjective

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  • 1 [attributive] (Of an offense or charge) liable to the death penalty: murder was a capital crime
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    • The State of Texas has accordingly charged Yates with capital murder, a crime for which she may face the death penalty.
    • Not realising that he was charged with a capital offence, the undefended Downey pleaded guilty.
    • However I find this inconsistent with his claim to have feared being arrested for capital offences.
  • 2 [attributive] (Of a letter of the alphabet) large in size and of the form used to begin sentences and names.
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    • Assuming the piece is publishable, my name will be in there with a few names with a capital N.
    • My loyalties, however, lie with one uncle only, and his name starts with a capital S.
    • In relation to a capital T, if it is just a nice, straight vertical line with a cross across the top, it is a sans serif font - a square block.
  • 3 informal dated Excellent: he’s a really capital fellow
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    • Euan Semple, all-round capital fellow and big-time blogger at the BBC, got his gapingvoid t-shirt.
    • He sounds like a capital bloke.
    • The first mate is a Pole called Conrad and is a capital chap.

exclamation

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  • Used to express approval, satisfaction, or delight: That’s splendid! Capital!
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    • That's capital! How glad I am you've come!
    • That's capital! I will certainly ride over to her.
    • That's splendid! Capital!

Phrases

make capital out of

Use to one’s own advantage: trying to make political capital out of the weakness of his rival
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  • Religious and political groups are trying to make capital out of what is happening.
  • Some people like to take advantage of my friends and make capital out of my personal influence to win over voters.
  • More recently, Japanese politicians have been making capital out of blaming the nation's woes on outsiders, particularly those from other Asian countries.

with a capital ——

Used to give emphasis to the word or concept in question: he’s trouble with a capital T
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  • Yes that is Fog with a capital F. Really nice thick Fog that made everything look eerie and spooky.
  • I know a winner when I see one, and baby, you're a winner with a capital W.
  • Guilty with a capital G. All involved on Alien Nation are sentenced to hard labor on Ceti Alpha 6.

Derivatives

capitally

adverb
sense 3 of the adjective.
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  • I think that's part of it, and I also think people shouldn't be punished, whether capitally or just with prison terms if they are innocent.
  • In Hampshire, 101 prisoners were capitally convicted but only six were hanged; the others had their sentences commuted to transportation.
  • You told us, I think you said, right, that you wouldn't have minded if they capitally punished her, right?

Origin

Middle English (as an adjective in the sense 'relating to the head or top', later 'standing at the head or beginning'): via Old French from Latin capitalis, from caput 'head'.

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There are 2 definitions of capital in English:

capital2

Syllabification: cap·i·tal
Pronunciation: /
 
ˈkapitl/

noun

Architecture
  • The distinct, typically broader section at the head of a pillar or column.
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    • Suspended from the architrave or from the capital of the column is a pinax with a picture of Herakles.
    • The hall has highly polished, lathe-turned stone pillars, with capitals supporting brackets intricately carved with figures from Hindu mythology.
    • The throne is seen from directly in front, but the entablature and column capitals are seen from the left.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French capitel, from late Latin capitellum 'little head', diminutive of Latin caput.

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