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- (countable) A capital is the most important city of a country. The government of the country is usually located there.
- (countable) The (field) capital is the most important city in that particular field.
- Hollywood is the film capital, New York the theater capital, Las Vegas the gambling capital.
- (uncountable) A person's capital is all his money and wealth.
- (countable) A capital forms the topmost member of a column or pilaster. It broadens the area of the column's supporting surface.