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capitalize on (something)

To take advantage of a particular opportunity or situation for one's benefit. We need to capitalize on that team's losing streak and overtake them in the standings. You finally got an interview at that company, so you need to capitalize on it, because you might not get another one.
See also: capitalize, on
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

capitalize on something

Fig. to build on something; to exploit something, such as an opportunity of talent, to one's own benefit. Let's try to capitalize on the strength of the economy and invest for the future. Capitalize on your experience in the field and you'll do well in the interview.
See also: capitalize, on
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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One commentator has speculated that perhaps the IRS allowed the costs to be capitalized to the pipeline because the IRS recognized the weakness of its position.
Thus, any expenditure that, in the eyes of a revenue agent, is "more in the nature of a capital expenditure" must be capitalized even if it can be objectively demonstrated that the expenditure does not add value, does not prolong life, and does not adapt property for a new or different use.
Just over 89% of Florida banks were Well Capitalized or Adequately Capitalized two years ago.
During the same period, five business sectors--information; finance and insurance; manufacturing; professional, scientific and technical services; and health care and social assistance accounted for about 77 percent of non-capitalized spending and about 75 percent of capitalized spending.
As under the current regulations, costs incurred to acquire or produce real or tangible personal property having a useful life substantially beyond the end of the taxable year must be capitalized. (2) The definitions of real and tangible personal property are intended to have the same definitions used for depreciation purposes.
The leasing industry agrees with the regulators' current thinking that the right to use a leased asset is an asset and the obligation to pay rent should be capitalized, but there should also be a place for not capitalizing certain leases.
"He replied that all of the dictionaries and style books he consulted capitalized internet.
generally accepted accounting principles for property, plant, and equipment (PPE) with one consistent set of rules on the costs that can be capitalized either as part of the initial acquisition or construction of an asset or during the asset's useful life.
Some companies saw surges in capitalized billings and slight increases in total employees.
Although many principles remain unchanged, the SOP takes a different view on several issues related to costs that may or may not be capitalized in relation to PP&E.
(1) The state member bank and each depository institution affiliate of the state member bank are well capitalized and well managed;
That's the difference between the residual value (what the car is worth at lease end) and the net capitalized cost (what you pay for the car).
I can accept a capital letter on God because the word is being used as a name and names are generally capitalized. (However, I do find it rather presumptuous to so appropriate a common noun.
The first of the companies is Teijin DuPont Films Japan Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, which is capitalized at [yen] 1O.O1 billion and owned 50.1% by Teijin and 49.9% by Dupont.