Meaning of CAPACITY in English

CAPACITY

/ kəˈpæsəti; NAmE / noun

( pl. -ies )

OF CONTAINER

1.

[ U , C , usually sing. ] the number of things or people that a container or space can hold :

The theatre has a seating capacity of 2 000.

a fuel tank with a capacity of 50 litres

The hall was filled to capacity (= was completely full) .

They played to a capacity crowd (= one that filled all the space or seats) .

ABILITY

2.

[ C , usually sing. , U ] capacity (for sth / for doing sth) | capacity (to do sth) the ability to understand or to do sth :

She has an enormous capacity for hard work.

Limited resources are restricting our capacity for developing new products.

your capacity to enjoy life

intellectual capacity

ROLE

3.

[ C , usually sing. ] the official position or function that sb has

SYN role :

acting in her capacity as manager

We are simply involved in an advisory capacity on the project.

OF FACTORY / MACHINE

4.

[ sing. , U ] the quantity that a factory, machine, etc. can produce :

The factory is working at full capacity.

OF ENGINE

5.

[ C , U ] the size or power of a piece of equipment, especially the engine of a vehicle :

an engine with a capacity of 1 600 ccs

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WORD ORIGIN

late Middle English : from French capacité , from Latin capacitas , from capax , capac- that can contain, from capere take or hold.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.