Meaning of CAPACITY in English


Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.


Your ~ for something is your ability to do it, or the amount of it that you are able to do.

Our ~ for giving care, love and attention is limited...

Her mental ~ and temperament are as remarkable as his.

...people’s creative capacities.

N-VAR: oft with poss, N for n/-ing, N to-inf


The ~ of something such as a factory, industry, or region is the quantity of things that it can produce or deliver with the equipment or resources that are available.

Bread factories are working at full ~...

The region is valued for its coal and vast electricity-generating ~...



The ~ of a piece of equipment is its size or power, often measured in particular units. aircraft with a bomb-carrying ~ of 454 kg.



The ~ of a container is its volume, or the amount of liquid it can hold, measured in units such as litres or gallons.

...the fuel tanks, which had a ~ of 140 litres...

Grease 6 ramekin dishes of 150 ml (5-6 fl oz) ~.



The ~ of a building, place, or vehicle is the number of people or things that it can hold. If a place is filled to ~, it is as full as it can possibly be.

Each stadium had a seating ~ of about 50,000...

Toronto hospital maternity wards were filled to ~.

N-SING: also no det, oft to N


A ~ crowd or audience completely fills a theatre, sports stadium, or other place.

A ~ crowd of 76,000 people was at Wembley football stadium for the event.



If you do something in a particular ~, you do it as part of a particular job or duty, or because you are representing a particular organization or person. (WRITTEN)

Ms Halliwell visited the Philippines in her ~ as a Special Representative of Unicef...

This article is written in a personal ~...

N-COUNT: with supp, in N, oft poss N as n

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