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adverb possibly pronunciation in British English /ˈpɒsəbli/
  1. 1
    likely to happen or be true, but not certain

    There is a chance of showers today and possibly a thunderstorm.

    'Do we have enough money to get a car?' 'Possibly.'

    quite/very possibly:

    He is quite possibly the most experienced climber in the world.

  2. 2
    used for emphasizing your surprise or shock at something
    can/could someone possibly:

    What could I possibly have that you want?

    How can anyone possibly spend an hour in the shower?

    1. b.
      [always in negatives] used for emphasizing that something cannot happen or cannot be done

      You can't possibly ask them to risk their lives.

  3. 3
    spoken used for asking someone to do something that you think might not be convenient for them
    can/could someone possibly do something?:

    Could you possibly give me a lift to work?


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