Meaning of CAPACITY in English

I. kə-ˈpa-sə-tē, -ˈpas-tē noun

( 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


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


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


a. : capacitance

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

II. adjective

Date: 1897

: equaling maximum capacity

a capacity crowd

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