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"potential" in British English

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potentialadjective [before noun]

uk   /pəˈten.ʃəl/  us   /poʊ-/
B2 possible when the ​necessaryconditionsexist: A ​number of potential buyers have ​expressedinterest in the ​company. Many potential customers are ​waiting for a ​fall in ​prices before ​buying. The ​accident is a ​grimreminder of the potential dangersinvolved in ​North Sea ​oilproduction.
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potentialnoun [U]

uk   /pəˈten.ʃəl/  us   /poʊ-/
B2 someone's or something's ​ability to ​develop, ​achieve, or ​succeed: The ​region has enormous potential foreconomicdevelopment. I don't ​feel I'm achieving my full potential in my ​presentjob. [+ to infinitive] You have the potential toreach the ​top of ​yourprofession. I ​think this ​room has got a lot of potential (= could be very ​nice if some ​changes were made to it).
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(Definition of potential from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"potential" in American English

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potentialadjective [not gradable]

 us   /pəˈten·tʃəl/
possible but not ​yetachieved: He was ​eager to ​talk with potential ​customers.
potentially
adverb [not gradable]  us   /pəˈten·tʃə·li/
Potentially ​dangerousproducts are often ​recalled by ​their manufacturers.

potentialnoun [U]

 us   /pəˈten·tʃəl/
Someone’s potential is an ​ability the ​person has not ​yetdeveloped: She ​keeps saying I should ​live up to my potential. physics Potential ​energy is the ​energy that something has because of ​itsposition and ​structure, not because of ​itsmovement. physics Electric potential is a ​measure of the ​power of ​electricalenergy, ​measured in volts .
(Definition of potential from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"potential" in Business English

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potentialadjective [before noun]

uk   us   /pəˈtenʃəl/
able to ​develop into something in the future when the necessary ​conditions exist: There are potential problems at every ​stage of the ​drugproductionchain. A ​number of potential ​buyers are ​thought to have shown ​interest. a potential ​cost/​market

potentialnoun [U]

uk   us   /pəˈtenʃəl/
the possibility of something ​developing or ​happening in a particular way: have the potential for sth/to do sth These ​equity securities are believed to have the potential for high ​earningsgrowth. commercial/​economic potential growth/​market/​sales potential
naturalqualities or ​abilities that ​mean that someone or something may or should ​succeed or ​achieve something: enormous/great/huge potential This ​marketingidea has great potential. We have put ​additionalresources into the ​company to ensure it reaches its ​full potential in Scotland.have the potential to be sth He has the potential to be the very best.
(Definition of potential from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “potential”
in Korean 잠재적인…
in Arabic إمكانِيّة…
in Malaysian berpotensi…
in French en puissance…
in Russian потенциальный…
in Chinese (Traditional) 潛在的,可能的…
in Italian potenziale…
in Turkish olası, muhtemel, potansiyel…
in Polish potencjalny…
in Spanish potencial…
in Vietnamese tiềm năng…
in Portuguese potencial, possível…
in Thai ที่อาจเกิดขึ้นได้…
in German potentiell…
in Catalan potencial, possible…
in Japanese 可能性がある…
in Chinese (Simplified) 潜在的,可能的…
in Indonesian potensial…
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