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capacity

noun     /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). → See also deadweight (carrying) capacity
[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. → See also excess 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 sth Most people have little capacity for creativity in solving problems at work. → See also legal capacity
[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 noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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