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noun     possibility pronunciation in American English
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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] the chance that something might happen or be true

    Another possibility is that we’ll go to Mexico instead.

    One possibility for the weekend is to rent a camper and drive to the lake.

    possibility of:

    Is everyone aware of the possibility of injury when skateboarding?

    possibility (that):

    There is a strong possibility that they will win the next election.

    rule out a possibility (=decide that something is not a possibility):

    We can’t rule out the possibility that it may happen again.

    1. a.
      [countable] something that might happen or be true
      real/distinct possibility:

      War is a very real possibility.

  2. 2
    [countable] a likely or appropriate choice among several possible people or things

    We need to examine other possibilities before we book the flights.

    possibility for:

    He’s been eliminated as a possibility for the job.

  3. 3


    [plural] opportunities to develop in a successful, interesting, or exciting way
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