Definition of capability in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌkāpəˈbilədē/

noun (plural capabilities)

(often capability of doing (or to do) something)
1Power or ability: he had an intuitive capability of bringing the best out in people the capability to increase productivity
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  • This would serve to strengthen the range of the product on offer, thereby increasing the capability to capture a wider market.
  • No other nation has such an impressive capability to project power and influence.
  • The market power resides in the capability to give less and charge more.
ability, capacity, power, potential;
competence, proficiency, adeptness, aptitude, faculty, wherewithal, experience, skill, skillfulness, talent, flair
informal know-how
1.1 (often capabilities) The extent of someone’s or something’s ability: the job is beyond my capabilities
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  • In effect, Gua acted like a human child to the extent of her physical capabilities.
  • Some drivers are afraid to drive the car to the full extent of its capabilities.
  • Symes showed the extent of his capabilities in the club's biggest game in its recent history.
1.2A facility on a computer for performing a specified task: a graphics capability
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  • A software feature is a capability for completing a certain task that has been designed into a system.
  • Though smaller, the chip sports better graphics capabilities and performance.
  • No real computer possesses greater problem-solving capability than that of Turing's idealized machine.
1.3Forces or resources giving a country or state the ability to undertake a particular kind of military action: their nuclear weapons capability
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  • Typically, operational centers of gravity are military capabilities or forces.
  • The author cites an absence of Baltic military capability as another NATO obstacle.
  • They also need to understand how military capability is empirically related to the functionality of systems.
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