capability

noun
ca·​pa·​bil·​i·​ty | \ ˌkā-pə-ˈbi-lə-tē How to pronounce capability (audio) \
plural capabilities

Definition of capability

1 : the quality or state of being capable also : ability The mayor has demonstrated his capability to handle municipal problems.
2 : a feature or faculty capable of development : potentiality This vacant urban district has great capabilities.
3 : the facility or potential for an indicated use or deployment the capability of a metal to be fused nuclear capability

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Examples of capability in a Sentence

The device has the capability of recording two television channels at once. the nature of the tasks to which you are assigned will depend on your capabilities

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At Build 2019, Microsoft is making some of those capabilities available to third-party agents via its Cognitive Services. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft's Cortana AI gives programmable bots listening and decisionmaking skills," 2 May 2019 Pickup Trucks Few vehicles can match the comprehensive capability and universal utility of pickup trucks. Kirk Seaman, Car and Driver, "2019 Editors' Choice Awards: The Best Trucks, SUVs, and Vans," 24 Jan. 2019 Look for Nvidia’s RTX on GTX driver to drop sometime in April, and for our evaluation of the newfound capabilities soon thereafter. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "RTX on GTX: Nvidia is enabling ray tracing on some GeForce GTX graphics cards," 18 Mar. 2019 Without more information, the public is not able to exercise meaningful democratic oversight of this new and intrusive law enforcement capability. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "ACLU to feds: Your “hacking presents a unique threat to individual privacy”," 21 Dec. 2018 Microsoft’s November update for Xbox One consoles brings a plethora of new capabilities and changes, including the ability to directly stream from Amazon Music. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "Amazon Music is now available on Xbox One consoles," 14 Nov. 2018 This includes arming the Osprey with rockets, missiles or some kind of new weapons capability to support its escort mission in hostile or high-threat environments. Kris Osborn, Fox News, "Marines will fly Osprey until 2060, prepping the aircraft for future wars," 18 Sep. 2018 Watching her go after something that's not quite in her realm of capabilities makes for a super fun, sweet and charming show. Taylor Seely, USA TODAY, "Exclusive: Watch this 'Fancy Nancy' sneak-peek clip before show premieres on Disney Junior Friday, July 13," 12 July 2018 Wierzbanowski said the Phantom Express actually uses many of the capabilities and technologies from the space shuttle – specifically the main engine and thermal protection system. Rebecca Santana, The Christian Science Monitor, "How to make space exploration less expensive? Reuse the rockets.," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of capability

1587, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for capability

see capable

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The first known use of capability was in 1587

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capability

noun

English Language Learners Definition of capability

: the ability to do something

capability

noun
ca·​pa·​bil·​i·​ty | \ ˌkā-pə-ˈbi-lə-tē How to pronounce capability (audio) \
plural capabilities

Kids Definition of capability

: ability sense 1 That job is beyond my capability.

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