capit & capt



These ROOT-WORDS are CAPIT & CAPT which mean HEAD, CHIEF & LEADER. It comes from the Latin word caput meaning head. No. 15 needs to explain its presence in this list. The rancher’s wealth, or CAPital, depends on the head of cattle he has. Now, if you can imagine him talking about his capital investment in cattle, while, perhaps, he is chewing at a plug of tobacco, the word CAPital can come out C**T*L. Try it.


1. Capital : CAPIT al (kap’ it al) n.

Amount of accumulated goods; also property; money


2. Capitalize : CAPIT alize (kap’ it al ize) v.

Convert into capital; make a profit


3. Capitate : CAPIT ate (kap’ i tate) adj.

Forming a head; suddenly enlarged


4. Decapitate : de CAPIT ate (de kap’ i tate) v.

Cut the head off


5. Capitation : CAPIT ation (kap i tay’ shun) n.

A tax imposed by the numbering of heads; poll tax


6. Capital : CAPIT of (kap’ it ol ) n.

The chief building in Washington in which Congress holds sessions


7. Capitoline : CAPIT oline (kap’ it o line) n.

The smallest of the seven hills upon which Rome stands


8. Capitular : CAPIT ular (ka pich’ u lar) adj.

Relating to a heading, a chapter, or a section of abook


9. Capitulate : CAPIT ulate (ka pich’ u late) v.

To surrender; to give up, as it were, the head


10. Capitulation : CAPIT ulation (ka pich u lay’ shun) n.

The surrender



11. Captain : CAPT ain (kap’ tin) n.

The head; the chief; as, the rank of capitain


12. Captaincy : CAPT aincy (kap’ tin see) n.

Rank or commission of captain


13. Caption : CAPT ion (kap’ shun) n.

The heading of a chapter


14. Cap a pie : CAP a pie (kap a pee’) adv.

(French) From head to foot


15. Cattle : CA (P)T tle (kat’ ‘l) n.

Animals; the rancher’s chief property is cattle


16. Recapitulate : re CAPIT ulate (ree ka pich’ u late) v.

To repeat or restate briefly


17. Recapitulation : CAPIT ulation (ree ka pich u lay’ shun) n.

The act of repeating or restating briefly


18. Recapitalize : re CAPIT alize (reekap’ it alize) v.

To change the capital of


19. Decapitation : de CAPIT ation (de kap i tay’ shun) n.

The act of decapitating


20. Per capita : per CAPIT a (per kap’ it a) adv.

(Latin) By each head; equally to each and every individual

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