Definition of capability noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌkeɪpəˈbɪləti//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌkeɪpəˈbɪləti//
    [countable, uncountable] (pl. capabilities)
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  1. 1capability (to do something/of doing something) the ability or qualities necessary to do something Animals in the zoo have lost the capability to catch/of catching food for themselves. beyond/within the capabilities of current technology Age affects the range of a person's capabilities. a company’s production capabilities
  2. 2the power or weapons that a country has for war or for military action Britain’s nuclear/military capability
  3. Extra examples Organizing a whole department is beyond his capability. She has the capability to become a very fine actress. The company’s manufacturing capability is limited. The government wants to increase its military capability. beyond the scope of human capability her capability for making sensible decisions states that are trying to acquire (a) nuclear capability the proven capability of this technology Age affects the range of a person’s capabilities. Animals in the zoo have lost the capability of catching food for themselves. I’m sure your new job is well within your capabilities. The effect will be a 50% cut in the company’s production capabilities. a company/​country’s manufacturing/​production/​processing/​defence/​weapons/​nuclear capability
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