potential

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Potential is part of the Academic Word List. It is important for students in college and university.

Pronunciation[change]

  • IPA: /pəˈtɛnʃəl/
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  • Hyphenation: po‧ten‧tial

Adjective[change]

Positive
potential

Comparative
none

Superlative
none

  1. (usually before the noun) A potential customer, benefit, problem, etc. is one that might happen in the future.
    Realistic goals can then be set to prevent potential problems from becoming actual ones.
    To grow, a business must identify potential customers and their needs.

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Noun[change]

Singular
potential

Plural
potentials

  1. (uncountable) If has potential for , then it's might change toward or cause .
    Technology has the potential for improvement as well as for harm.
  2. (uncountable) If something has or shows potential, they will likely be very good in the future.
  3. (countable & uncountable); (electronics) The potential is the difference in voltage between two points on an electrical circuit.