W2S2 [ˌpɔsıˈbılıti US ˌpa:-] n plural possibilities
1.) [U and C]
if there is a possibility that something is true or that something will happen, it might be true or it might happen
There's always a possibility that he might go back to Seattle.
the possibility of an enemy attack
There was no possibility of changing the voting procedure.
A peace settlement now looks like a real possibility .
Tomorrow, there's a remote possibility of snow on high ground.
They might get married - it's not beyond the bounds of possibility .
The study raises the possibility that dieting is bad for your health.
2.) [C usually plural]
an opportunity to do something, or something that can be done or tried
possibilities for/of (doing) sth
exciting possibilities for reducing costs
Archer began to explore the possibilities of opening a club in the city.
The US has not yet exhausted all diplomatic possibilities (=tried everything possible) .
the range of possibilities offered to students
3.) have possibilities
if something has possibilities, it could be made into something much better
= have potential
The house has great possibilities.
COLLOCATES for sense 1
possibility (that)
possibility of (doing) something
a strong/real/distinct possiblity (=something that is quite likely to happen)
a remote/faint possiblity (=something that is very unlikely to happen)
not beyond the bounds/realms of possibility (=not impossible, but unlikely)
within the bounds/realms of possibility (=possible)
raise the possibility (=say or show that something may be possible)
Possibility or opportunity? See also: opportunity

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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