(noun, adjective)


1. Filling the allotted space.

- There will be a capacity crowd at Busch stadium for the sixth game.


1. capability to perform or produce

- among his gifts is his capacity for true altruism

- limited runway capacity

- a great capacity for growth

Definition categories: attribute, capability, capableness

2. the susceptibility of something to a particular treatment

- the capability of a metal to be fused

Similar word(s): capability

Definition categories: state, susceptibility, susceptibleness

3. the amount that can be contained

- the gas tank has a capacity of 12 gallons

Similar word(s): content

Definition categories: quantity, volume

4. the maximum production possible

- the plant is working at 80 per cent capacity

Definition categories: act, production

5. a specified function

- he was employed in the capacity of director

- he should be retained in his present capacity at a higher salary

Definition categories: act, function, office, part, role

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

- the capacity of a hard disk drive is usually expressed in megabytes

Definition categories: quantity

7. an electrical phenomenon whereby an electric charge is stored

Similar word(s): capacitance

Definition categories: phenomenon

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

Definition categories: thought, ability, power

9. tolerance for alcohol

- he had drunk beyond his capacity

Definition categories: attribute, tolerance

Sentences with capacity as a noun:

- It was hauling a capacity load.

- The orchestra played to a capacity crowd.

- Its capacity rating was 150 tons per hour, but its actual maximum capacity was 200 tons per hour.