Definition of capacitate in English:


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transitive verb

[with object]
  • 1 formal, archaic Make (someone) capable of a particular action or legally competent to act in a particular way.

    ‘This is an elegant explanation, one that leads to Mauser's equally elegant peroration: ‘capacitating students to be competent citizens is our birthright.’’
    • ‘While I applaud the government's social grant initiatives, I think we need to begin to capacitate people in rural areas to produce food, otherwise what government says will be palliatives.’
    • ‘These writers used to meet regularly to thrash out literature, politics or whatever else was the topic of the day - a preparation that capacitated them to accomplish new heights in writing.’
    • ‘We hope that municipalities will be capacitated to carry out their functions and that the model will be shared with other district municipalities,’ Ramphele said.’
    • ‘In order to improve spending of its housing budget, the department needs to ensure that, particularly, municipalities are properly capacitated to manage their housing budgets.’
    qualify, make eligible, authorize, sanction, allow, permit, grant, give the right, grant the right, give permission
    1. 1.1be capacitatedPhysiology (of spermatozoa) undergo changes inside the female reproductive tract enabling them to penetrate and fertilize an ovum.
      ‘A preincubated, capacitated sperm suspension was gently added to the freshly ovulated oocytes to give a final motile sperm concentration of 1 x [10.sup.6] / ml.’
      • ‘During this time the sperm is undergoing a process of maturation called capacitation without which it is incapable of fertilising an ovum. iii) The ovum and capacitated sperm meet in the fallopian tube.’
      • ‘Cathine also stimulated the production of cAMP (cyclic adenosine monophosphate - a chemical messenger within cells) in uncapacitated sperm whilst inhibiting it in capacitated sperm.’



/kəˈpasəˌtāt/ /kəˈpæsəˌteɪt/