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capacity (function)

Definition:

a specified function

Class:

act noun (acts and actions)

Plural:

capacities

Type of:

function » duty » work » activity

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage examples:

  • he was employed in the capacity of director
  • he should be retained in his present capacity at a higher salary

Etymology:

Middle French capacité (15th century), from Latin capacitatem (nominative...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of capacity...

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

capacity | capacities [plural] | capacitance [archaic, sense-specific] | volume [synonym, sense-specific] | aptitude [synonym, sense-specific] | capability [synonym, sense-specific]

the ability or power to contain, absorb, or hold | the amount that can be contained; volume | the maximum amount something can contain or absorb ... (24 of 667 words, 13 definitions, 15 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/capacity

Merriam-Webster:

capacity [entry 1, noun] | capacities [plural] | aptitude [synonym, sense-specific] | duty [synonym, sense-specific] | complement [synonym, sense-specific] | cubage [synonym, sense-specific] | real estate [synonym, sense-specific] | volume [synonym, sense-specific] | disability [antonym, sense-specific] | ...

legal competency or fitness | the potential or suitability for holding, storing, or accommodating ; the maximum amount or number that can be contained ... (23 of 262 words, 6 definitions, 8 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/capacity

capacity [entry 2, adjective]

equaling maximum capacity (3 of 17 words, 1 usage example)

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Wikipedia:

Capacity [disambiguation]

the ability to hold a fluid, very similar to volume. Capacity may also refer to: Productive capacity, in economics, management and engineering, refers to the maximum possible output of a system | Capacity utilization, in economics, the extent to which... (39 of 258 words, 14 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Capacity

Macmillan British Dictionary:

capacity [countable/uncountable] | capacities [plural] | in a professional/personal/advisory etc capacity

the amount of something that can be put in a container, or the number of ... | the amount of goods that a company can produce, or the amount of work ... (30 of 257 words, 4 definitions, 13 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/capacity

Cambridge Dictionary:

capacity [entry 1]

the total amount that can be contained or produced, or (especially of a person or organization) the ability to do a particular thing (23 of 214 words, 11 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/capacity 1

capacity [entry 2, singular]

[formal] a particular position or job (6 of 46 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/capacity 2

Oxford Dictionary:

capacity | capacities [plural] | capacitive [derived]

[singular] : the maximum amount that something can contain | [modifier] : fully occupying the available area or space | the total cylinder volume that ... (23 of 202 words, 8 definitions, 12 usage examples, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/capacity

Random House Dictionary:

capacity | capacities [plural] | capacitance [synonym, sense-specific]

the ability to receive or contain. | the maximum amount or number that can be received or contained; cubic contents; volume. | power of receiving ... (23 of 158 words, 9 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/capacity

American Heritage Dictionary:

capacity | capacities [plural]

The ability to receive, hold, or absorb. | [abbreviation] ; A measure of this ability; volume. | The maximum amount that can be contained | Ability to ... (24 of 149 words, 12 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)

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New World Dictionary:

capacity | capacities [plural]

the ability to contain, absorb, or receive and hold | the amount of space that can be filled; room for holding; content or volume ; the point at which ... (28 of 126 words, 9 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/capacity

Wiktionary:

capacity | capacities [plural] | throughput [synonym, sense-specific] | skill [synonym, sense-specific] | volume [synonym, sense-specific] | Capability [synonym, sense-specific]

The ability to hold, receive or absorb | A measure of such ability; volume | The maximum amount that can be held | Capability; the ability to perform some task | The maximum that can be produced. | Mental ability; the power to learn | A faculty; the ... (42 of 112 words, 12 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Britannica Encyclopedia:

role [sociology]

in sociology, the behaviour expected of an individual who occupies a given social position or status. A role is a comprehensive pattern of behaviour ... (24 of 202 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/507038​/role

Columbia Encyclopedia:

function

in mathematics, a relation "f" that assigns to each member "x" of some set "X" a corresponding member "y" of some set "Y"; "y" is said to be a ... (29 of 188 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0819879​.html

Encarta Dictionary:

capacity | capacities [plural]

a measure of the amount that can be held or contained by something | the maximum amount that can be held or taken in | the maximum amount of output or ... (29 of 162 words, 8 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861594610​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

capacity

First use: early 15th century

Origin: Middle French capacité (15th century), from Latin capacitatem (nominative capacitas) "breadth, capacity", from capax ... (17 of 42 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=capacity

Oxford Dictionary:

capacity | capacities [plural]

Origin: late Middle English: from French capacité, from Latin capacitas, from capax, capac- "that can contain", from capere "take or hold"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/capacity

Wiktionary:

capacity | capacities [plural]

Origin: Middle English, from Old French capacite, from Latin capacitas, from capax ("able to hold much"), from capere ("to hold, contain").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/capacity

Collins Dictionary:

capacity | capacities [plural]

First use: 15th century

Origin: from Old French capacite, from Latin capācitās, from capāx spacious, from capere to take

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/capacity

American Heritage Dictionary:

capacity | capacities [plural]

Origin: Middle English capacite, from Old French, from Latin capācitās, from capāx, capāc-, spacious; see "capacious".

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/capacity

New World Dictionary:

capacity | capacities [plural]

Origin: Middle English and Old French capacite from Latin capacitas from capax: see "capacious"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/capacity

Merriam-Webster:

capacity [entry 1, noun] | capacities [plural]

First use: 15th century

Origin: Middle English capacite, from Middle French capacité, from Latin capacitat-, capacitas, from capac-, capax

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/capacity

Encarta Dictionary:

capacity | capacities [plural]

First use: 15th century

Origin: French from Latin capacitas from capac-

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861594610​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

capacity | capacities [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "capacity"

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Collins Dictionary:

capacity | capacities [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "capacity"

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

capacity [countable/uncountable] | capacities [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "capacity"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/capacity

Macmillan American Dictionary:

capacity [countable/uncountable] | capacities [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "capacity"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

capacity [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "capacity"

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the Free Dictionary:

capacity

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Google Dictionary:

capacity | capacities [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "capacity"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

capacity

Audio: North American pronunciation of "capacity"

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YourDictionary Audio:

capacity

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "capacity" by speech synthesizer

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freedictionary.org:

capacity

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