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capacity definition

Overview

This page has 12 definitions of capacity in English. Capacity is a noun and adjective. Examples of how to use capacity in a sentence are shown. Also define these 22 related words and terms: ability, hold, receive, absorb, measure, volume, maximum, amount, capability, produce, learn, faculty, potential, growth, development, position, function, authority, arrest, capacitance, allotted, and space.

English

Etymology

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).

Pronunciation

Noun

capacity (countable and uncountable, plural capacities)

  1. The ability to hold, receive or absorb
    • Receive definition
      To take, as something that is offered, given, committed, sent, paid, etc.; to accept; to be given something. (1 of 10 receive definitions)
  2. A measure of such ability; volume
  3. The maximum amount that can be held
    It was hauling a capacity load.
    The orchestra played to a capacity crowd.
  4. Capability; the ability to perform some task
  5. The maximum that can be produced.
  6. Mental ability; the power to learn
  7. A faculty; the potential for growth and development
  8. A role; the position in which one functions
  9. Legal authority (to make an arrest for example)
  10. Electrical capacitance.
  11. (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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Adjective

capacity

  1. 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[1]:
      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

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