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Meaning of “possibly” in the English Dictionary

"possibly" in British English

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possiblyadverb

uk   /ˈpɒs.ə.bli/  us   /ˈpɑː.sə-/
  • possibly adverb (NOT CERTAIN)

A2 used when something is not ​certain: He may possibly ​decide not to come, in which ​case there's no ​problem. used to ​agree or ​disagree when some ​doubt is ​involved: "Do you ​think this ​skirt might be too ​small for her?" "(Very) possibly - she has put on a some ​weight." "Will he come?" "Possibly not."

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  • possibly adverb (WITH CAN/COULD)

B2 used with "can" or "could" for ​emphasis: He can't possibly have ​drunk all that on his own! We did all that we possibly could to ​persuade her to come.B1 used in ​politerequests: Could I possibly ​ask you to ​moveyourchair a little? used when ​politelyrefusingoffers: "Have another ​chocolate." "No, really, I couldn't possibly."
(Definition of possibly from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"possibly" in American English

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possiblyadverb [not gradable]

 us   /ˈpɑs·ə·bli/
so as to do or ​achieve something: He can’t possibly ​mean what he says.
with a ​likelihood that might or might not be ​true; ​perhaps: "Do you ​think this ​skirt might be too ​small for her?" "Possibly, she has put on ​weight."
(Definition of possibly from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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