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capitalism an economic system in which land, factories, and other resources are owned by individuals instead of the government. In this system, the prices of things we buy are decided by the people who sell them and not by the government.
capitalize to write or print (something) using capital letters or using a capital letter as the first letter.
capitol the building in which the lawmakers of a state meet. [2 definitions]
Capricorn a constellation between Sagittarius and Aquarius. Capricorn is also called the Goat. [3 definitions]
capsize to turn over; upset.
capsule a tiny case that holds one dose of medicine. Capsules are made of gelatin and dissolve when swallowed. [2 definitions]
captain a leader. [6 definitions]
caption the words that describe a picture or graph in a magazine, book, or newspaper.
captive one who is captured and held prisoner. [2 definitions]
capture to take hold or gain control of by force or through planning. [3 definitions]
capybara a large, furry rodent that has no tail. Capybara live near rivers, lakes, or other watery areas in forests or grassy regions of South America. Capybara are related to guinea pigs, mice, and squirrels, but they are much larger. Despite their size, they eat only plants.
car an automobile. [3 definitions]
Caracas the capital city of Venezuela.
caramel sugar that is heated until it melts and turns brown. Caramel is used to color and flavor foods. [2 definitions]
carat a unit of weight for diamonds and other gems, equal to one-fifth of a gram.
caravan a band of people traveling together. Caravans are often formed for safety when crossing a remote area like a desert. [3 definitions]
carbohydrate a compound made of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. It is formed by plants, and it is used in the body to easily produce and store energy. Sugars and starches are carbohydrates.
carbon a chemical element found in all living things. Pure carbon occurs as diamond or graphite. It is also often found in compounds with other elements. (symbol: C)
carbon dioxide a gas without color or odor that is made up of carbon and oxygen. Carbon dioxide is in the air and is used in soft drinks. Frozen carbon dioxide is called dry ice.
carbon monoxide a poisonous gas with no color or smell. Carbon monoxide forms when a material made of carbon, like gasoline, is not fully burned because of too little air.
carburetor the part of an engine that makes a mixture of air and gasoline that is burned by the engine when it runs.