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potential

adjective [before noun] uk   /pəˈten.ʃəl/ us    /poʊ-/
B2 possible when the necessary conditions exist: A number of potential buyers have expressed interest in the company. Many potential customers are waiting for a fall in prices before buying. The accident is a grim reminder of the potential dangers involved in North Sea oil production.

potential

noun [U] uk   /pəˈten.ʃəl/ us    /poʊ-/
B2 someone's or something's ability to develop, achieve, or succeed: The region has enormous potential for economic development. I don't feel I'm achieving my full potential in my present job. [+ to infinitive] You have the potential to reach the top of your profession. I think this room has got a lot of potential (= could be very good if some changes were made to it).
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