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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. © 2022 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
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263(a) final regulations (TD 9107) to explain deducting versus capitalizing amounts paid to acquire or create intangible assets, effective for amounts paid or incurred after 2003.
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Expense Capitalize Basis in land $100 $100 Environmental expense 0 100 Adjusted basis in land $100 $200 Insurance reimbursement $250 Marginal tax effect @ 31% ($31) (benefit) [$100 x 31%] Insurance reimbursement in excess $59.40 $19.80 of adjusted basis in land @ 39.6% [$150 x 39.6%] [$50 x 39.6%] Net tax effect $28.40 $19.80 After-tax benefit from capitalizing ($8.60) Example 2: Assuming the same facts as in Example 1, this example illustrates the benefit for a corporation, except that the top marginal tax rate is 34% at the time the taxpayers could have deducted the expenditures and 35% at the time the insurance proceeds were received.