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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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 highlights, though, are Ms. Tarver’s paintings, which are capacious enough to evoke ideas of voyeurism and exoticization alongside beauty. New York Times, "What to See Right Now in New York Art Galleries," 20 Feb. 2020 For the developers that do turn these old newsrooms into luxury condos and modern offices, there’s another consideration beyond the prime locations and the capacious spaces. Tom Acitelli, New York Times, "Your New Condo? That Was the Sports Desk," 11 Feb. 2020 With all seats folded, the total cargo volume of the ESV is 126.6 cubic feet, which is 17.5 cubic feet more than the already capacious 109.1 cubic feet of the standard Escalade. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, "Cadillac Leaks 2021 Escalade ESV on Visualizer Spec Tool," 5 Feb. 2020 This narrator’s vision is more capacious, reaching out across a whole community in tender conversation with itself. Ron Charles, Washington Post, "With ‘The Night Watchman,’ Louise Erdrich rediscovers her genius," 2 Mar. 2020 Hyundai and Kia are closing the gap in this regard, though, and both the Palisade and Telluride are more capacious for people and stuff. Mike Sutton, Car and Driver, "2020 Mazda CX-9's Updates Don't Go Far Enough," 4 Feb. 2020 But in solidarity’s more sublime register, a group or individual gazes outward, reaching past similarity toward something more capacious. Astra Taylor, The New Republic, "One for All," 26 Aug. 2019 With the summer travel season far from over, the capacious Atlas surely will embark on at least a couple more long-distance treks under close observation. Andrew Wendler, Car and Driver, "Our VW Atlas Nears the End of its Test: Is it Love or Hate?," 9 Mar. 2020 This lively, capacious history of Christianity emphasizes the extent to which the religion still underpins Western liberal values. The New Yorker, "Briefly Noted," 3 Feb. 2020

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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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“Capacious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 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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