›[S or U]the total amount or number of things or people that something can hold: a capacity of sthThe tanks have a capacity of 1000 litres.capacity audience/crowdThe rally drew a capacity crowd of 15,000 people (= the place, which held 15,000 people, was completely full). → See alsodeadweight (carrying) capacity
›[S or U]PRODUCTIONthe total amount of something that can be produced: cut/expand/increase capacityThey aim to expand capacity by 3 million barrels a day.All our factories are now working at full capacity. → See alsoexcess capacity, spare capacity
›[S or U]the ability of a person or organization to do something: capacity to do sth"Every industry has the capacity to go green," he says.capacity for sthMost people have little capacity for creativity in solving problems at work. → See alsolegal capacity
›[S]WORKPLACEa particular position or job: sb's capacity as sthIn her capacity as portfolio manager, she has primary responsibility for making day-to-day investment decisions.He attends Board meetings in an advisory capacity.