capacity


capacity
noun
1 amount held/produced
ADJECTIVE
high, large

a high-capacity electric pump

large-capacity disk drives

limited, small
maximum, total

a total capacity of 10 gallons

additional, excess, spare

excess capacity in the oil industry

carrying, production, seating, storage
nuclear
lung
engine, fuel
disk, memory
economic, productive
earning

The qualification should increase my earning capacity.

VERB + CAPACITY
have
expand, increase
reduce
CAPACITY + NOUN
audience, crowd
PREPOSITION
at capacity

The system was already at capacity.

PHRASES
be filled to capacity, be packed to capacity

The stadium was filled to capacity (= was full).

operate at full capacity, work at full capacity (= to produce the maximum amount possible)
2 ability
ADJECTIVE
amazing, enormous, great, infinite, remarkable
limited
innate, natural

Children have an innate capacity to understand language.

intellectual, mental
human

the human capacity for compassion

VERB + CAPACITY
demonstrate, have, possess
develop
lack, lose

She seems to have lost the capacity to enjoy herself.

enhance, increase
reduce, restrict
PREPOSITION
beyond sb's capacity

These questions are beyond the capacity of most students.

within sb's capacity

The mountain walk is well within the capacity of most fit people.

capacity for

her amazing capacity for organization

3 official position
ADJECTIVE
official
personal, private, unofficial (esp. BrE)
professional
voluntary (esp. BrE)
acting, caretaker (BrE)
advisory
judicial (esp. BrE)
VERB + CAPACITY
act in, work in

I have worked in an advisory capacity with many hospitals.

PREPOSITION
in your capacity

In my capacity as president, I would like to thank Jack for his hard work.


Collocations dictionary. 2013.

Synonyms:

Look at other dictionaries:

  • capacity — ca·pac·i·ty n pl ties 1: a qualification, power, or ability (as to give consent or make a testament) created by operation of law 2: an individual s ability or aptitude; esp: mental ability as it relates to responsibility for the commission of a… …   Law dictionary

  • Capacity — is the ability to hold, receive or absorb, or a measure thereof, similar to the concept of volume.Capacity may also refer to: *Capacity (economics), the point of production at which a firm or industry s average (or per unit ) costs begin to rise …   Wikipedia

  • Capacity — Ca*pac i*ty (k[.a]*p[a^]s [i^]*t[y^]), n.; pl. {Capacities} ( t[i^]z). [L. capacitus, fr. capax, capacis; fr. F. capacit[ e]. See {Capacious}.] 1. The power of receiving or containing; extent of room or space; passive power; used in reference to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • capacity — [kə pas′i tē] n. pl. capacities [ME & OFr capacite < L capacitas < capax: see CAPACIOUS] 1. the ability to contain, absorb, or receive and hold 2. a) the amount of space that can be filled; room for holding; content or volume [a tank with a …   English World dictionary

  • capacity — ► NOUN (pl. capacities) 1) the maximum amount that something can contain or produce. 2) (before another noun ) fully occupying the available space: a capacity crowd. 3) the total cylinder volume that is swept by the pistons in an internal… …   English terms dictionary

  • capacity — early 15c., from M.Fr. capacité (15c.), from L. capacitatem (nom. capacitas) breadth, capacity, from capax (gen. capacis) able to hold much, from capere to take (see CAPABLE (Cf. capable)). Meaning largest audience a place can hold is 1908. Verb… …   Etymology dictionary

  • capacity — [n1] volume; limit of volume held accommodation, amplitude, bulk, burden, compass, contents, dimensions, expanse, extent, full, holding ability, holding power, latitude, magnitude, mass, measure, proportions, quantity, range, reach, retention,… …   New thesaurus

  • Capacity —   [engl.], Kapazität …   Universal-Lexikon

  • capacity — *ability, capability Analogous words: amplitude, *expanse, spread: extent, magnitude, *size, volume: aptitude, *gift, faculty, talent, bent, turn, knack Antonyms: incapacity Contrasted words: powerlessness, impotence (see corresponding adjectives …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • capacity — n. ability to hold 1) to capacity (filled to capacity) 2) lung; seating; storage capacity 3) a capacity of (a capacity of twenty gallons) ability 4) intellectual, mental capacity 5) one s earning capacity 6) a capacity for (a capacity for making… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • capacity — A lending and credit analysis term that describes a borrower s or applicant s ability to meet debt service obligations. See debt service coverage. American Banker Glossary credit grantor s measurement of a person s ability to repay loans.… …   Financial and business terms


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.