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|Origin:||Italian capitale, from Latin capitalis; CAPITAL2|
|Language:||Old North French|
|Origin:||capitel, from Late Latin capitellum, from Latin caput; CAPITAL2|
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cap‧i‧tal1 S3 W1
an important city where the main government of a country, state etc is:
Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States
money or property, especially when it is used to start a business or to produce more wealth: ➔ working capital, venture capital
The government is eager to attract foreign capital.
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]
a place that is a centre for an industry, business, or other activity:
centre of activity[countable]
Hollywood is the capital of the movie industry.
to use a situation or event to help you get an advantage
the top part of a column (=a long stone post used in some buildings)