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English definition of “excess capacity”

excess capacity

noun [U]
 
 
ECONOMICS, COMMERCE the ability to hold or deal with a larger number of people or things than is needed at the present time: The airline has shifted some of its excess capacity from Asian to North Atlantic routes.
PRODUCTION the ability to produce more of something than is needed at the present time: The company has just opened a new factory and hopes to fill all its excess capacity with a new marketing push.
(Definition of excess capacity from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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