possible Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo

Meaning of “possible” in the English Dictionary

"possible" in British English

See all translations

possibleadjective

uk   /ˈpɒs.ə.bl̩/  us   /ˈpɑː.sə-/
  • possible adjective (CAN ACHIEVE)

A1 able to be done or ​achieved, or ​able to ​exist: I can't get it all done by ​Friday - it's just not possible. Is it possible tobuytickets in ​advance? They got as ​far as was humanly possible (= as ​far as anyone could have) before ​turning back.
Opposite
as much, quickly, soon, etc. as possible A2 as much, ​quickly, ​soon, etc. as something can ​happen or be done: Please take ​yourseats as ​quickly as possible. I'll go as ​soon as possible.

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

  • possible adjective (NOT CERTAIN)

B1 [+ (that)] that might or might not ​happen: It's possible (that) Mira might ​turn up ​tonight. "Do you ​think he'll end up in ​prison?" "It's very possible." That's one possible ​solution to the ​problem.
Compare

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

(Definition of possible from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"possible" in American English

See all translations

possibleadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˈpɑs·ə·bəl/
that can be done or ​achieved, or that can ​exist: [+ to infinitive] Is it possible to get an ​earlierflight? If possible I’d like to get there before ​noon. We need to ​send that ​letter off as ​soon as possible.
that might or might not ​happen or ​exist: [+ (that) clause] It’s possible (that) Mary will ​turn up ​tonight.
(Definition of possible from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of possible?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“possible” in British English

“possible” in American English

Word of the Day

costume

the set of clothes typical of a particular country or period of history, or suitable for a particular activity

Word of the Day

I used to work hard/I’m used to working hard (Phrases with ‘used to’)
I used to work hard/I’m used to working hard (Phrases with ‘used to’)
by Kate Woodford,
February 10, 2016
On this blog, we like to look at words and phrases in the English language that learners often have difficulty with. Two phrases that can be confused are ‘used to do something’ and ‘be used to something/doing something’. People often use one phrase when they mean the other, or they use the wrong

Read More 

farecasting noun
farecasting noun
February 08, 2016
predicting the optimum date to buy a plane ticket, especially on a website or using an app A handful of new and updated websites and apps are trying to perfect the art of what’s known as farecasting – predicting the best date to buy a ticket.

Read More