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ca·pac·i·ty  (k-ps-t)
n. pl. ca·pac·i·ties
a. The ability to receive, hold, or absorb.
b. Abbr. c. A measure of this ability; volume.
2. The maximum amount that can be contained: a trunk filled to capacity.
a. Ability to perform or produce; capability.
b. The maximum or optimum amount that can be produced: factories operating below capacity.
4. The power to learn or retain knowledge; mental ability.
5. Innate potential for growth, development, or accomplishment; faculty. See Synonyms at ability.
6. The quality of being suitable for or receptive to specified treatment: the capacity of elastic to be stretched.
7. The position in which one functions; role: in your capacity as sales manager.
8. Legal qualification or authority: the capacity to make an arrest.
9. Electricity Capacitance.
Filling a space with the most it can hold: a capacity crowd at the concert.

[Middle English capacite, from Old French, from Latin capcits, from capx, capc-, spacious; see capacious.]

capacity  /kpsti/  n. -ties 1 sing. [U] the ability to contain, hold, or absorb: That restaurant has a 100-seat capacity. 2 sing. [U] the greatest amount that s.t. can contain, the maximum volume: There is no more room in the bottle; it is filled to capacity. 3 [C;U] the ability to do s.t.: He has the capacity to work long hours. 4 [C;U] the power to learn and remember knowledge: She has a great capacity for learning. 5 [C] the power that goes with a certain position or role: She signs the company checks in her capacity as owner. 6 [U] the best or maximum amount of production: That factory is working at capacity.

Thesaurus: capacity 1 the capability 2 the limit 4 the mental ability, intelligence, power 5 theposition, job 6 the limit. capacity

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