From Middle English capacite, from Old French capacite, from Latin capācitās, from capax (“able to hold much”), from capiō (“to hold, to contain, to take, to understand”).
capacity (countable and uncountable, plural capacities)
- The ability to hold, receive or absorb
To take, as something that is offered, given, committed, sent, paid, etc.; to accept; to be given something. (1 of 10 receive definitions
- A measure of such ability; volume
- The maximum amount that can be held
- It was hauling a capacity load.
- The orchestra played to a capacity crowd.
- Capability; the ability to perform some task
- The maximum that can be produced.
- Mental ability; the power to learn
- A faculty; the potential for growth and development
- A role; the position in which one functions
- Legal authority (to make an arrest for example)
- Electrical capacitance.
- (operations) The maximum that can be produced on a machine or in a facility or group.
- Its capacity rating was 150 tons per hour, but its actual maximum capacity was 200 tons per hour.
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the ability to hold, receive or absorb
- Albanian: nxënësi (sq), kapacitet (sq)
- Belarusian: ёмістасць f (jómistascʹ), ёмасць f (jómascʹ), умяшча́льнасць f (umjaščálʹnascʹ), пако́ўнасць f (pakóŭnascʹ)
- Bulgarian: вмести́мост (bg) f (vmestímost), капаците́т (bg) m (kapacitét)
- Catalan: capacitat (ca) f
- Mandarin: 容量 (zh) (róngliàng)
- Danish: kapacitet c
- Dutch: capaciteit (nl) f, capaciteiten (nl) f pl
- Finnish: kapasiteetti (fi)
- French: capacité (fr)
- Galician: capacidade (gl) f
- German: Kapazität (de) f
- Greek: χωρητικότητα (el) f (choritikótita)
- Hindi: सामर्थ्य (hi) (sāmarthya), क्षमता (hi) f (kṣamtā)
- Indonesian: kapasitas (id)
- Irish: acmhainn f
- Italian: tenuta (it) f, resistenza (it) f, capacità (it) f, capienza (it) f
capability; the ability to perform some task
the maximum that can be produced
the position in which one functions
- Filling the allotted space.
- There will be a capacity crowd at Busch stadium for the sixth game.
- 2012, August 1. Owen Gibson in Guardian Unlimited, London 2012: rowers Glover and Stanning win Team GB's first gold medal
- At an overcast Eton Dorney, roared on by a capacity crowd including Prince Harry and Prince William, the volume rose as they entered the final stages.
2021 May 15, Phil McNulty, “Chelsea 0-1 Leicester”, in BBC Sport:
This was the day atmosphere, emotion and deafening noise returned to English football as 21,000 supporters made Wembley sound like it was playing host to a capacity crowd.
Allotted definition simple past tense and past participle of allot