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UK [ˌkeɪpəˈbɪlətɪ] / US noun [countable/uncountable]
Word forms "capability":
singular capability plural capabilities
1) the ability to do something

She could win the competition – she certainly has the capability.

The firm wants to increase its manufacturing capability.

the capability to do something:

The train has the capability to reach speeds of over 200 miles per hour.

the capability of doing something:

He has the capability of becoming an excellent teacher.

2) the number of weapons, soldiers etc that a country has for fighting a war
military/defence capability:

The country has virtually no military capability of its own.

nuclear capability:

The allies agreed to retain NATO's nuclear capability.

within/beyond the capabilities of someone/something — able/not able to be done by someone or something

These calculations are beyond the capabilities of even the most advanced computers.

The course is well within the capabilities of most people.


English dictionary. 2014.

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