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English definition of “maybe”


adverb [not gradable]    /ˈmeɪ·bi/
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.
(Definition of maybe adverb from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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