capacity

noun
ca·​pac·​i·​ty | \ kə-ˈpa-sə-tē How to pronounce capacity (audio) , -ˈpa-stē\
plural capacities

Definition of capacity

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : legal competency (see competence sense 1) or fitness capacity to stand trial
2a : 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, Weights and Measures Table
3a : an individual's mental or physical ability : aptitude, skill He has the capacity to handle this job. Her breathing capacity has deteriorated.
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
b : the quantity of electricity that a battery can deliver under specified conditions

capacity

adjective

Definition of capacity (Entry 2 of 2)

: equaling maximum capacity a capacity crowd

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Synonyms for capacity

Synonyms: Noun

complement, cubage, real estate, volume

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Examples of capacity in a Sentence

Noun

The nightclub has a 1,000-person capacity. a bottle with a capacity of two liters Does he have the capacity to handle this job? The disease causes a deterioration of breathing capacity. He was acting in his capacity as judge. serving in a supervisory capacity
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Diaco has previously served in that capacity at Nebraska, Notre Dame, Cincinnati and Central Michigan. Nick Moyle, Houston Chronicle, "College football preview: Louisiana Tech at No. 10 Texas," 30 Aug. 2019 Diaco has previously served in that capacity Nebraska, Notre Dame, Cincinnati and Central Michigan. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "Texas keeping focus inward ahead of season opener," 30 Aug. 2019 Miller is a gifted athlete who should be able to help an NFL team in some capacity. Terry Pluto, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Browns Scribbles: What to watch in final preseason game," 29 Aug. 2019 Arnold Schwarzenegger reprises his role, and even Edward Furlong will return in some capacity . Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, "With ‘It Chapter Two,’ ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ and ‘Maleficent,’ Hollywood’s sequel game gets creative," 28 Aug. 2019 Although Lewis discussed working for the NFL, either on television for the NFL Network or in some capacity at league headquarters, this Arizona State gig didn’t require much arm-twisting to come about. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Herm Edwards brings Marvin Lewis to Arizona State to 'help me coach the coaches'," 28 Aug. 2019 His son, Steve, worked with him for years, then took over as president in 1985 and served in that capacity until his death in 2012. The Si Staff, SI.com, "100 Figures Who Shaped the NFL’s First Century," 28 Aug. 2019 His passion for the game and desire to contribute in any capacity the Giants needed made Sandoval a fan favorite in San Francisco. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "What’s next for Pablo Sandoval and the San Francisco Giants?," 24 Aug. 2019 After Englar’s death in 1945, Charles L. Stonesifer became the editor and served in that capacity until September 8, 1967, when his majority stock in the company was sold to Charles Whitfield Drury of Alexandria, Va., who became the editor. David Buie, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Carroll Yesteryears: Exploring the history of northwestern Carroll County has never been easier," 23 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of capacity

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1897, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for capacity

Noun and Adjective

Middle English capacite, from Middle French capacité, from Latin capacitat-, capacitas, from capac-, capax

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The first known use of capacity was in the 15th century

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capacity

noun

English Language Learners Definition of capacity

: the ability to hold or contain people or things
: the largest amount or number that can be held or contained
: the ability to do something : a mental, emotional, or physical ability

capacity

noun
ca·​pac·​i·​ty | \ kə-ˈpa-sə-tē How to pronounce capacity (audio) \
plural capacities

Kids Definition of capacity

1 : ability to contain or deal with something The room has a large seating capacity. Factories are working to capacity.
2 : mental or physical power You have the capacity to do better.
3 : volume sense 3 The tank has a ten-gallon capacity.
4 : role sense 1, status In your capacity as team captain, you can set a good example.

capacity

noun
ca·​pac·​i·​ty | \ kə-ˈpas-ət-ē, -ˈpas-tē How to pronounce capacity (audio) \
plural capacities

Medical Definition of capacity

1a : the ability to hold, receive, store, or accommodate
b : a measure of content : the measured ability to contain : volume a beaker with a capacity of one liter — see vital capacity
c(1) : capacitance
(2) : the quantity of electricity that a battery can deliver under specified conditions
2 : legal qualification, competency, power, or fitness
3a : power to grasp and analyze ideas and cope with problems
b : blended power, strength, and ability encourage physical activity to the limit of the child's capacity— Morris Fishbein

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capacity

noun
ca·​pac·​i·​ty
plural capacities

Legal Definition of capacity

1 : a qualification, power, or ability (as to give consent or make a testament) created by operation of law
2 : an individual's ability or aptitude especially : mental ability as it relates to responsibility for the commission of a crime (as murder) — see also diminished capacity — compare competency, incapacity, insanity

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