Meaning of “possible” in the English Dictionary

"possible" in British English

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possibleadjective

uk /ˈpɒs.ə.bəl/ us /ˈpɑː.sə.bəl/

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 to buy tickets 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 your seats as quickly as possible.
I'll go as soon as possible.

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  • I have tried to keep my translation as faithful as possible to the original book.
  • The judge made an example of him and gave him the maximum possible sentence.
  • Rescuers are doing everything that is humanly possible to free the trapped people.
  • If atmospheric conditions are right, it may be possible to see this group of stars tonight.
  • With today's technology almost anything seems possible.

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.
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  • It's just possible that we might be going away that weekend.
  • She's researching into possible cures for AIDS.
  • Here is a list of possible answers. Please delete as appropriate.
  • This is one possible solution to the problem. However, there are others.
  • Investigators have studied the possible effects of contamination.

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

"possible" in American English

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possibleadjective [ not gradable ]

us /ˈpɑs·ə·bəl/

possible adjective [ not gradable ] (ACHIEVABLE)

that can be done or achieved, or that can exist:

[ + to infinitive ] Is it possible to get an earlier flight?
If possible I’d like to get there before noon.
We need to send that letter off as soon as possible.

possible adjective [ not gradable ] (NOT CERTAIN)

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)