Academic Word List

The 570 most common words in English academic texts

Type: noun

Definitions: (noun) If someone does something in a particular capacity, they are doing it in that role. (noun) The capacity of a factory or business is how much it can produce. (noun) The capacity of someone or something to do something is the ability to do it. (noun) The capacity of a container, room, etc. is how much it can hold.

Examples: (noun) Sometimes I make decisions in my capacity as a father that I don’t like in my capacity as a husband. (noun) I am not writing to you in my capacity as your doctor, but as a friend. (noun) It will soon be necessary to increase capacity at the Toronto factory to meet Canadian demand for the product. (noun) Since the head injury he has lost his capacity to learn new names. (noun) I was impressed by his energy and capacity for hard work. (noun) The capacity of the bottle is 500 ml.

Synonyms: nouns: volume, size. ability, talent, skill. role.

Academic Word List Sublist and Group: 5 B

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