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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.
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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.
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The present value income method is similar to the pro-ratable income method in that both capitalize the acquisition cost of a policy and of additional premiums, but the two differ in the way they recognize income.
In Russia, Eastern Europe and many nations where economic evolution is dramatic and difficult today, people make a leap of faith in the global market's capacity to create opportunity and their ability to capitalize on it.
But in another case where the death occurred before the acquisition, the buyer had to capitalize rather than deduct the payments (David R.
The portion allocated to code writing is deductible, however the company should capitalize the remaining expenses.