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(1) In finance:(a) To add an expenditure to the basis of property.(b) To provide funding to an enterprise. (c) To book something as an asset and depreciate it rather than writing off the money spent as an expense.(When one “cooks the books”for a business,extensive repairs might be capitalized as improvements in order to make the enterprise appear more valuable than it is in reality.This approach runs counter to the normal taxpayer desire to treat all repairs as expenses in order to gain maximum tax deductions in the current year.) (2) In appraisal,to estimate the present value of an income stream from a business or property.