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noun possibility pronunciation in British English /ˌpɒsəˈbɪləti/
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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 car and go to the beach.
    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 suitable 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
    This old building has some intriguing possibilities.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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