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tr.v. o·ver·cap·i·tal·ized, o·ver·cap·i·tal·iz·ing, o·ver·cap·i·tal·iz·es
1. To cause (a company) to have an excess amount of capital.
2. To estimate the value of (property) too highly.

o′ver·cap′i·tal·i·za′tion (-ĭ-zā′shən) n.
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(ˌəʊvəˈkæpɪtəˌlaɪzd) or


1. (Accounting & Book-keeping) (of an enterprise) provided for or issued capital in excess of profitable investment opportunities
2. (Accounting & Book-keeping) (of a company) having an estimated capital value at an unreasonably or unlawfully high level
3. (Accounting & Book-keeping) (of a property) overestimated in market value
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