ca·​pa·​cious | \ kə-ˈpā-shəs How to pronounce capacious (audio) \

Definition of capacious

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

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Other Words from capacious

capaciously adverb
capaciousness noun

Synonyms for capacious


ample, commodious, roomy, spacious

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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

Examples of capacious in a Sentence

that car has a capacious trunk that makes it a good choice for families

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The town of Vinci proffered an inspiring backdrop for a boy with a capacious vision. Claudia Kalb, National Geographic, "Why Leonardo da Vinci’s brilliance endures, 500 years after his death," 12 June 2019 Only the top job is capacious enough for his vision, a display of hubris seemingly at odds with his belief in humility as an essential component of effective leadership. Ben Fountain, The New York Review of Books, "O Billionaires!," 23 May 2019 From left: Dries Van Noten’s capacious satchel; Off-White’s massive shoulder bag; Fendi’s dual-strap messenger. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "A Guide to the Most Wearable—and Unwearable—Men’s Trends for 2019," 24 Jan. 2019 Beyond these three core principles, the GND is still capacious enough to include a wide variety of preferences and perspectives. David Roberts, Vox, "The Green New Deal, explained," 21 Dec. 2018 Huat Hardware Enter from the hidden entrance to find a capacious space that retains the industrial design of a past life as a hardware store. Annette Tan, Condé Nast Traveler, "16 Best Cafes in Singapore," 4 Mar. 2018 But the restaurant itself, housed in a former warehouse, is as airy and capacious as Chang’s original restaurants were narrow and tight. Alex Bhattacharji, WSJ, "David Chang’s Culinary Universe Is Still Growing," 2 Nov. 2018 Like its less capacious cousin, this is the all-time low for this card, which cost as much as $40 in early September. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "Boost your storage with Samsung's superb EVO Select microSD cards at all-time low prices," 30 Oct. 2018 Amazon’s deal of the day discounts several storage options from SanDisk, Western Digital, and G-Technology, including high-performance SD cards, capacious flash drives, and affordable SSDs to speed up your desktop or laptop. Cameron Faulkner, The Verge, "SD cards, flash drives, and solid state storage are cheaper today on Amazon," 24 Oct. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of capacious

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


ca·​pa·​cious | \ kə-ˈpā-shəs How to pronounce capacious (audio) \

Kids Definition of capacious

: able to hold a great deal a capacious pocket

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