Meaning of CAPACITY in English


Pronunciation: k ə - ' pa-s ə -t ē , - ' pas-t ē

Function: noun

Inflected Form: plural -ties

Etymology: Middle English capacite, from Middle French capacité, from Latin capacitat-, capacitas, from capac-, capax

Date: 15th century

1 : legal competency or fitness < capacity to stand trial>

2 a : the potential or suitability for holding, storing, or accommodating <a large seating capacity > b : the maximum amount or number that can be contained or accommodated <a jug with a one-gallon capacity > <the auditorium was filled to capacity > ― see METRIC SYSTEM table WEIGHT table

3 a : an individual's mental or physical ability : APTITUDE , SKILL b : the faculty or potential for treating, experiencing, or appreciating < capacity for love>

4 : DUTY , POSITION , ROLE <will be happy to serve in any capacity >

5 : the facility or power to produce, perform, or deploy : CAPABILITY <a plan to double the factory's capacity > also : maximum output <industries running at three-quarter capacity >

6 a : CAPACITANCE b : the quantity of electricity that a battery can deliver under specified conditions

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