Meaning of IMPOSSIBLE in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ ɪmpɒsɪb(ə)l ]

Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.


Something that is impossible cannot be done or cannot happen.

It was impossible for anyone to get in because no one knew the password...

He thinks the tax is impossible to administer...

Keller is good at describing music–an almost impossible task to do well.

≠ possible

ADJ : oft it v-link ADJ to-inf / that , ADJ to-inf

The impossible is something which is impossible.

They were expected to do the impossible...

N-SING : the N

• im‧pos‧sibly

Mathematical physics is an almost impossibly difficult subject.

ADV : ADV adj

• im‧pos‧sibil‧ity


...the impossibility of knowing absolute truth.

N-VAR : oft the N of n


An impossible situation or an impossible position is one that is very difficult to deal with.

The Government was now in an almost impossible position.

= hopeless



If you describe someone as impossible , you are annoyed that their bad behaviour or strong views make them difficult to deal with.

The woman is impossible, thought Frannie.

= intolerable

ADJ [ disapproval ]

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