› used to show that something is possible or that something might be true: Maybe I can get the yard mowed before it rains. There were maybe (= approximately) 50 people there when I left. › Maybe can also be used to avoid giving a clear or certain answer to a question: "Are you still going to join me for dinner?" "Maybe." › Maybe can also be used to introduce a possible explanation: I thought maybe my phone message had scared him off.