Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

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)
What is the pronunciation of excess capacity?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Word of the Day

cold snap

a short period of cold weather

Word of the Day

Cleavage proves divisive in Cambridge’s words of 2014

by Alastair Horne,
December 19, 2014
​​​​ Other dictionaries may choose faddish novelties as their words of the year, but here at Cambridge, we like to do something different. We look for the words that have seen sudden surges in searches over the course of the year – words that have been baffling users of English and driven them

Read More 

cinderella surgery noun

December 15, 2014
cosmetic surgery to the feet We have all heard of people having nose jobs, boob jobs and liposuction – but now a new trend growing in popularity in America: Cinderella surgery.

Read More