Definition of possibly in English:

possibly

Line breaks: pos|sibly
Pronunciation: /ˈpɒsɪbli
 
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adverb

1 [sentence adverb] Perhaps (used to indicate doubt or hesitancy): he found himself alone, possibly the only survivor
More example sentences
  • In addition to posing a strain on relationships, it can also indicate a possibly dangerous and life-threatening disease.
  • Perhaps it's anxiety, perhaps asthma, perhaps heart and possibly thyroid.
  • If it is, that would indicate that possibly the boy drowned in this pool.
Synonyms
perhaps, maybe, it may/could be, it is possible, it is conceivable, for all one knows, feasibly, very likely; hopefully, God willing; Northern Englishhappen
rare percase
1.1 [with modal] Used in polite requests: could you possibly pour me another cup of tea?
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  • She said that she was sorry for being late, and I tried to be as polite as I possibly could and told her that it was ok.
  • She tried to be as polite as she possibly could about matters without physically pushing away.
  • She said it so politely that there was no way I could possibly argue.
Synonyms
please, kindly, be so good as to; by any chance, if possible
2 [usually with modal] In accordance with what is likely or achievable, in particular:
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  • Men are possibly more likely to be unwilling to report it, and are much less likely to be believed if they do.
  • Well, if I were able to get it published, I'd likely be arrested, possibly beaten, and probably imprisoned.
  • I rest easy knowing that we likely got everything we possibly could have gotten.
2.1Used to emphasize that one feels that something is surprising, or bewildering: what can you possibly mean?
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  • So, it cannot possibly come as a surprise when I got a message from an airline offering up a one day sale.
  • So why am I telling you all this, I hear you ask, ruining surprise as it quite possibly may?
  • Could they possibly have been taken by such glaring, awful surprise?
Synonyms
conceivably, under any circumstances, by any means, at all, in any way
2.2Used to emphasize that someone has or will put all their effort into something: be as noisy as you possibly can
More example sentences
  • All we can do is remember most everyone reading this is rich by comparison and we should contribute to the relief efforts if we possibly can.
  • It simply compromises on quality as piracy is all about quantity and reaping as much profits as possibly can from the tireless efforts of artists.
  • We recycle as much as we possibly can, and make every effort to save valuable energy, such as the use of low energy light bulbs and hot water tank lagging.

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