One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
verb[with object]archaic, formal
1Make (someone) capable of a particular action or legally competent to act in a particular way.
qualify, make eligible, authorize, sanction, allow, permit, grant, give the right, grant the right, give permissionView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘This is an elegant explanation, one that leads to Mauser's equally elegant peroration: ‘capacitating students to be competent citizens is our birthright.’’
- 1.1be capacitatedPhysiology (of spermatozoa) undergo changes inside the female reproductive tract enabling them to penetrate and fertilize an ovum.
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
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