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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)







"possibly" in British English

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possiblyadverb

uk   /ˈpɒs.ə.bli/ us   /ˈpɑː.sə.bli/
  • 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 polite requests: Could I possibly ask you to move your chair a little?
used when politely refusing offers: "Have another chocolate." "No, really, I couldn't possibly."
(Definition of possibly from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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