1 not possible
appear, be, look, prove, seem, sound
make sth, render sth

Darkness made it impossible to continue.

believe sth, consider sth, deem sth, find sth, regard sth as, see sth as, think sth

I found his offer impossible to resist.

absolutely, completely, downright, quite (esp. BrE), totally, utterly

They are setting a standard that it is humanly impossible to meet.

just, simply

I'm really sorry. It's just impossible.

by no means (esp. BrE), far from

a desirable and far from impossible objective to achieve

almost, more or less (esp. BrE), near, nearly, next to, nigh, nigh on (esp. BrE), practically, virtually, well-nigh (esp. BrE)

It was well-nigh impossible for him to convince her that he was right.

apparently (esp. BrE), seemingly
clearly, obviously

Both options are equally impossible.

hitherto, previously

With the new equipment we will be able to accomplish hitherto impossible tasks.

economically, financially, logically, logistically, mathematically, physically, politically, scientifically, technically

The high cost of childcare made returning to work economically impossible.


The situation is just impossible for us.

It's impossible for me to say.

2 bad-tempered; difficult to talk to/deal with
find sb

I find her impossible.

absolutely, completely, quite, totally

You can be absolutely impossible at times!

Impossible is used with these nouns: ↑demand, ↑dilemma, ↑dream, ↑feat, ↑obstacle, ↑odds, ↑position, ↑target, ↑task

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