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phrasal verb [transitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theycapitalize on
he/she/itcapitalizes on
present participlecapitalizing on
past tensecapitalized on
past participlecapitalized on
  1. capitalize on something to use an event or a situation to help you to achieve something or to get an advantage

    He is trying to capitalize on popular discontent with the current administration.

See also main entry: cap·i·tal·ize

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