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possibility noun

ADJ. exciting, interesting | endless, many The resort offers endless possibilities for entertainment. | further, other | different, various | future | distinct, great, real, serious, strong There's a strong possibility that it will rain today. | reasonable | faint, remote There is a faint possibility that he might have got the wrong day. | practical | theoretical | obvious

VERB + POSSIBILITY allow sb, offer sb, open up, raise | see | consider, discuss, examine, explore, study Have you explored the possibilities of setting up your own business? | accept, acknowledge, admit, concede, countenance, entertain, recognize | ignore, overlook | deny, discount, dismiss, eliminate, exclude, preclude, rule out We cannot rule out the possibility of mistaken identity. | face The club is facing the real possibility of relegation. | risk We don't want to risk the possibility of losing all our money. | allow for, cover Some reserves were named to cover the possibility of withdrawals. | avert | lessen, reduce

PREP. ~ for She was quick to see the possibilities for making money that her new skills gave her. | ~ of Careful checks will reduce the possibility of unpleasant surprises.

PHRASES beyond/within the bounds of possibility It's not beyond the bounds of possibility that a similar situation could arise again. | a number/range of possibilities The course offers a wide range of possibilities for personal development.