Definition of "capital" []

  • A town or city that is the official seat of government in a political entity, such as a state or nation. (noun)
  • A city that is the center of a specific activity or industry: the financial capital of the world. (noun)
  • Wealth in the form of money or property, used or accumulated in a business by a person, partnership, or corporation. (noun)
  • Material wealth used or available for use in the production of more wealth. (noun)
  • Human resources considered in terms of their contributions to an economy: "[The] swift unveiling of his . . . plans provoked a flight of human capital” ( George F. Will). (noun)
  • The seat of government of a country or other political unit (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • (as modifier) (noun)
  • Material wealth owned by an individual or business enterprise (noun)
  • Wealth available for or capable of use in the production of further wealth, as by industrial investment (noun)
  • The capitalist class or their interests (noun)
  • The ownership interests of a business as represented by the excess of assets over liabilities (noun)
  • The nominal value of the authorized or issued shares (noun)
  • Any assets or resources, esp when used to gain profit or advantage (noun)
  • A capital letter (noun)
  • Involving or punishable by death (adjective)
  • Very serious; fatal (adjective)
  • Primary, chief, or principal (adjective)
  • Of, relating to, or designating the large modern majuscule letter used chiefly as the initial letter in personal names and place names and other uniquely specificatory nouns, and often for abbreviations and acronyms (adjective)
  • Excellent; first-rate (adjective) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "capital" in a sentence
  • "INDEPENDENCE FOR MANZHOUGUO (Manchukuo, the “Manchu state, ” Manchuria) was proclaimed; it consisted of the former three eastern provinces and Rehe (Jehol), with a capital at Xinjing (“new capital”), formerly Changchun."
  • "I therefore call it the variable part of capital, or, shortly, _variable capital_."
  • "I therefore call it the constant part of capital, or, more briefly, _constant capital_."