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Definition of potential noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable] the possibility of something happening or being developed or used potential (for) the potential for change potential (for doing something) The South American marketplace offers excellent potential for increasing sales.
  2. 2[uncountable] qualities that exist and can be developed synonym promise All children should be encouraged to realize their full potential. She has great potential as an artist. He has the potential to become a world-class musician. The house has a lot of potential.
  3. 3[uncountable, countable] (physics) the difference in voltage between two points in an electric field or circuit
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