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English definition of “carrying capacity”

carrying capacity

noun [C, usually singular]    
TRANSPORT the total amount that something can hold or carry : Low water levels meant that ships lost about 8,000 tons per trip - about 11% of their carrying capacity . About 155,000 vehicles use the bridge every day , nearly twice the carrying capacity it was designed to handle .
(Definition of carrying capacity noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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