1) N-VAR: oft with poss, N for n/-ing, N to-inf Your capacity for something is your ability to do it, or the amount of it that you are able to do.

Our capacity for giving care, love and attention is limited...

Her mental capacity and temperament are as remarkable as his.

...people's creative capacities.

2) N-UNCOUNT The capacity of something such as a factory, industry, or region is the quantity of things that it can produce or deliver with the equipment or resources that are available.

...the amount of spare capacity in the economy...

Bread factories are working at full capacity...

The region is valued for its coal and vast electricity-generating capacity...

Britain must still keep the nuclear and conventional capacity to deal with all conceivable threats.

3) N-COUNT The capacity of a piece of equipment is its size or power, often measured in particular units. aircraft with a bomb-carrying capacity of 454 kg.

...a feature which gave the vehicles a much greater fuel capacity than other trucks.

4) N-VAR The capacity of a container is its volume, or the amount of liquid it can hold, measured in units such as litres or gallons.

...the fuel tanks, which had a capacity of 140 litres...

Grease 6 ramekin dishes of 150 ml (5-6 fl oz) capacity.

5) N-SING: also no det, oft to N The capacity of a building, place, or vehicle is the number of people or things that it can hold. If a place is filled to capacity, it is as full as it can possibly be.

Each stadium had a seating capacity of about 50,000...

Toronto hospital maternity wards were filled to capacity.

6) ADJ: ADJ n A capacity crowd or audience completely fills a theatre, sports stadium, or other place.

A capacity crowd of 76,000 people was at Wembley football stadium for the event.

7) N-COUNT: with supp, in N, oft poss N as n If you do something in a particular capacity, you do it as part of a particular job or duty, or because you are representing a particular organization or person. [WRITTEN]

Ms Halliwell visited the Philippines in her capacity as a Special Representative of Unicef.

This article is written in a personal capacity...

Since 1928, Major Thomas has served the club in many capacities.

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