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  1. ca·pac·i·ty
    IPA[kəˈpasədē]
  2. noun

    • 1. the maximum amount that something can contain:

      the capacity of the freezer is 1.1 cubic feet the stadium's seating capacity the room was filled to capacity
      Synonym : volume, cubic measure, size, dimensions, measurements, magnitude, proportions, amplitude, room, space, extent, range, scope, compass
    • 2. fully occupying the available area or space:

      they played to a capacity crowd
    • 3. the total cylinder volume that is swept by the pistons in an internal combustion engine:

      the cubic capacity is 1171 cc
    • 4. former term for capacitance

    • 5. the amount that something can produce:

      the company aimed to double its electricity-generating capacity when running at full capacity, the factory will employ 450 people
    • 6. the ability or power to do, experience, or understand something:

      I was impressed by her capacity for hard work their intellectual capacities his capacity to inspire trust in others
    • 7. a person's legal competence:

      cases where a patient's testamentary capacity is in doubt
    • 8. a specified role or position:

      I was engaged in a voluntary capacity writing in his capacity as legal correspondent
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: capacity, plural noun: capacities

    • noun

      the maximum amount that something can contain:

      fully occupying the available area or space:

    • noun

      the number or quantity of people or things that can be conveyed or held by a vehicle or container.

      the number of people, other living organisms, or crops that a region can support without environmental degradation.

    • noun

      an unbalanced mental state that is considered to make a person less answerable for a crime and to be grounds for a reduced charge, but that does not classify them as insane.
    • noun

      the greatest volume of air that can be expelled from the lungs after taking the deepest possible breath.
    • noun

      a person's authority under law to engage in a particular undertaking or maintain a particular status.
    • noun

      the number of heat units needed to raise the temperature of a body by one degree.
    • noun

      the volume contained by a hollow structure, expressed in liters, cubic centimeters, or other cubic units:
    • noun

      the number or quantity of people or things which can be conveyed by a vehicle or container.

      the number of people, animals, or crops which a region can support without environmental degradation.

    • noun

      the volume contained by a hollow structure, expressed in litres, cubic centimetres, or other cubic units:
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