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Definition of capacious

: containing or capable of containing a great deal the museum's capacious rooms

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capaciously adverb
capaciousness noun

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spacious, commodious, capacious, ample mean larger in extent or capacity than the average. spacious implies great length and breadth. a spacious front lawn commodious stresses roominess and comfortableness. a commodious and airy penthouse apartment capacious stresses the ability to hold, contain, or retain more than the average. a capacious suitcase ample implies having a greater size, expanse, or amount than that deemed adequate. ample closet space

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that car has a capacious trunk that makes it a good choice for families
Recent Examples on the Web The private conflicts so vibrantly embodied here have a way of sloshing out of Narelle Sissons’s capacious, multichambered set and flowing to the back of the theater. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "‘Halfway Bitches’ Review: A Play as Unruly as Life Itself," 9 Dec. 2019 With the 40/20/40-split folding back seats down, cargo volume increases to a more capacious 48 cubic feet. Elana Scherr, Car and Driver, "Mini's Countryman JCW SUV Finally Feels Special," 21 Jan. 2020 Many go to contractors, construction workers, and the like: folks who need their beds and capacious torque to get a job done. Wired, "Meet the Cybertruck, Tesla's Ford-Fighting Pickup," 21 Nov. 2019 In the more capacious world of fiction, at least, many couples grow too close for comfort. Mallika Rao, The Atlantic, "Splitting Up—For the Night," 19 Nov. 2019 The establishment, plenty capacious, will assimilate millionaire migrants from the other Washington. Franklin Foer, The Atlantic, "Jeff Bezos’s Master Plan," 10 Oct. 2019 This novel is quite capacious, and a lot of critics have noticed this. Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker, "How Tana French Inhabits the Minds of Her Detectives," 10 Aug. 2019 Because the library is so capacious and so invested in preserving those resources, they had not been thrown away over the years or even archived offsite. Tobias Carroll, Longreads, "‘My Teachers Said We Weren’t Allowed To Use Them.’," 30 July 2019 Republicans and conservatives need a more capacious sense of what is needed in America now, including what their own voters need. Peggy Noonan, WSJ, "Republicans Need to Save Capitalism," 14 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of capacious

1606, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for capacious

Latin capac-, capax capacious, capable, from Latin capere — see capable

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The first known use of capacious was in 1606

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13 Feb 2020

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“Capacious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of capacious

formal : able to hold or contain a lot : large in capacity


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Kids Definition of capacious

: able to hold a great deal a capacious pocket

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