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adverb uk   /ˈmeɪ.bi/ us  
A2 used to show that something is possible or that something might be true: Maybe they'll come tomorrow. Maybe you were right after all. informal used to show that a number or amount is approximate: There were 200, maybe 300, refugees on the boat.A2 used to politely suggest or ask for something: Maybe Ted would like to go. Maybe we should start again. used to avoid giving a clear or certain answer to a question: "Are you coming to Kelly's party?" "Maybe." used to mean that something is a possible explanation for why something else happened: "Why were you chosen for the team and not me?" "Maybe it's because I've been to more practices than you."
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