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capacitynoun

uk   /kəˈpæs.ə.ti/  us   /kəˈpæs.ə.t̬i/
  • capacity noun (AMOUNT)

B2 [C or S or U] the total amount that can be contained or produced, or (especially of a person or organization) the ability to do a particular thing: The stadium has a seating capacity of 50,000. The game was watched by a capacity crowd/audience of 50,000 (= the place was completely full). She has a great capacity for hard work. The purchase of 500 tanks is part of a strategy to increase military capacity by 25 percent over the next five years. [+ to infinitive] It seems to be beyond his capacity to (= he seems to be unable to) follow simple instructions. Do you think it's within his capacity to (= do you think he'll be able to) do the job without making a mess of it? The generators each have a capacity of (= can produce) 1,000 kilowatts. The larger cars have bigger capacity engines (= the engines are bigger and more powerful). All our factories are working at (full) capacity (= are producing goods as fast as possible). We are running below capacity (= not producing as many goods as we are able to) because of cancelled orders. He suffered a stroke in 2008, which left him unable to speak, but his mental capacity (= his ability to think and remember) wasn't affected.

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  • capacity noun (POSITION)

C1 [S] formal a particular position or job: She guides tourists at the Martin Luther King Jr. Birth Home in her capacity as a National Park Service ranger. She was speaking in her capacity as a novelist, rather than as a television presenter.
(Definition of capacity from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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capacitynoun [C/U]

 us   /kəˈpæs·ɪ·t̬i/
  • capacity noun [C/U] (AMOUNT)

the amount that can be held or produced by something: [C] The stadium has a seating capacity of 50,000. [U] The theater was full to capacity that night.
  • capacity noun [C/U] (ABILITY)

[C] the ability to do something in particular: He has an enormous capacity for work.
  • capacity noun [C/U] (POSITION)

[C] a particular position or job; a role: She was speaking in her capacity as a judge.
(Definition of capacity from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"capacity" in Business English

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capacitynoun

uk   us   /kəˈpæsəti/
[S or U] the total amount or number of things or people that something can hold: a capacity of sth The tanks have a capacity of 1000 litres.capacity audience/crowd The rally drew a capacity crowd of 15,000 people (= the place, which held 15,000 people, was completely full).
[S or U] PRODUCTION the total amount of something that can be produced: cut/expand/increase capacity They aim to expand capacity by 3 million barrels a day. All our factories are now working at full 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 sth Most people have little capacity for creativity in solving problems at work.
[S] WORKPLACE a particular position or job: sb's capacity as sth In her capacity as portfolio manager, she has primary responsibility for making day-to-day investment decisions. He attends Board meetings in an advisory capacity.
(Definition of capacity from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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