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noun [countable/uncountable] capacity pronunciation in American English /kəˈpæsəti/
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  1. 1
    the amount of something that can be put in a container, or the number of people that a place has room for
    capacity of: The fuel tanks have a capacity of 25,000 gallons.
    a theater with a seating capacity of 800
    a capacity crowd/audience (=a very large crowd/audience that completely fills a place): The game is set to attract a capacity crowd of 42,000.
  2. 2
    the ability to do something
    Her poor health limits her earning capacity.
    capacity to do something: They are worried about their capacity to invest for the future.
    capacity for: Harry had a tremendous capacity for work.
  3. 3
    the amount of goods that a company can produce, or the amount of work it can do
    New machinery could increase our production capacity by 25 percent.
    The plant has a capacity of 120,000 tons a year.
    The present rail network has plenty of spare capacity.
    at full capacity (=producing as many goods as possible, or doing as much work as possible): The factory is now operating at full capacity.


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