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English definition of “potential”

potential

noun [U]     /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).PotentialHoping and hopefulness
(Definition of potential noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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