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English noun: capacity

1. capacity (attribute) capability to perform or produce

SamplesAmong his gifts is his capacity for true altruism.
Limited runway capacity.
A great capacity for growth.

Broader (hypernym)capability, capableness


2. capacity (state) the susceptibility of something to a particular treatment

SamplesThe capability of a metal to be fused.


Broader (hypernym)susceptibility, susceptibleness

Narrower (hyponym)activity, resistance

3. capacity (quantity) the amount that can be contained

SamplesThe gas tank has a capacity of 12 gallons.


Broader (hypernym)volume

Narrower (hyponym)vital capacity

4. capacity (act) the maximum production possible

SamplesThe plant is working at 80 per cent capacity.

Broader (hypernym)production

5. capacity (act) a specified function

SamplesHe was employed in the capacity of director.
He should be retained in his present capacity at a higher salary.

Broader (hypernym)function, office, part, role

6. capacity (quantity) (computer science) the amount of information (in bytes) that can be stored on a disk drive

SamplesThe capacity of a hard disk drive is usually expressed in megabytes.

Broader (hypernym)indefinite quantity

Narrower (hyponym)formatted capacity, unformatted capacity

Domain categorycomputer science, computing

7. capacity (phenomenon) an electrical phenomenon whereby an electric charge is stored

Synonymscapacitance, electrical capacity

Broader (hypernym)electrical phenomenon

8. capacity (cognition) the power to learn or retain knowledge; in law, the ability to understand the facts and significance of your behavior

Synonymsmental ability

Broader (hypernym)ability, power

Narrower (hyponym)prescience, prevision


9. capacity (attribute) tolerance for alcohol

SamplesHe had drunk beyond his capacity.

Broader (hypernym)tolerance

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