possibly - definition and synonyms


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  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. a.
      used for emphasizing that someone has tried extremely hard to do something

      She’s done everything she could possibly think of to help.

    2. 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?