• adjective: capable of becoming real
  • adjective: existing in possibility
  • usually singular


  • The school tries to help students 'reach/realize their full potential'. [=to become the best they can be]

  • There is 'potential' in the new technology, but it will be a long time before it can actually be used.

  • Wet roads increase the 'potential for' an accident. [=make an accident more likely to happen]

Movie clips

Movie quotes

  • (..) We're not talking to them. We want them to like us. Oh... yeah. Wait. What? Almost finished with the potential disasters. Worst scenario is either quicksands, spontaneous combustion or getting called on by the teacher. As long as none of those happens... Okay, everybody. (..)
    2015 Inside Out