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14:21 Oct 24, 2007
English to English translations [PRO] Art/Literary - Poetry & Literature / literature
English term or phrase:to capitalize something
When he got home, he propped the Toy on the mantelpiece. He'd known that sooner or later he would start to capitalize the damn thing.
Can I explain that he would start to use the Toy as his property?
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to refer to it with a capital letter
Explanation: Rather than calling it "a toy", he's now calling it Toy. He's assigning it a greater importance - it's now THE Toy, not just any old toy. In this case, given the "damn thing", I'd say it's become more important because he doesn't like it for one reason or another.