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English definition of “maybe”

maybe

adverb     /ˈmeɪ.bi/
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.Possible and probable informal used to show that a number or amount is approximate: There were 200, maybe 300, refugees on the boat.Approximate A2 used to politely suggest or ask for something: Maybe Ted would like to go. Maybe we should start again.Suggestions and proposals used to avoid giving a clear or certain answer to a question: "Are you coming to Kelly's party?" "Maybe."UncertaintyHesitatingAchievable 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 practice sessions than you."Possible and probable Grammar:Maybe or may be?We use maybe and may be to talk about possibility. They are often confused because we use them both when we think that something is possible but we are not certain.See moreGrammar:Maybe as an adverbMaybe /ˈmeɪbi/ is an adverb and it means the same as perhaps. It is written as one word:See moreGrammar:May beIn the phrase may be /meɪ bi:/ may is a modal verb and be is a main or auxiliary verb. Here may and be are two separate words, whereas maybe is one word:See moreGrammar:Maybe or perhaps?Maybe and perhaps are adverbs that mean the same thing. We use them when we think something is possible, but we are not certain. We use maybe mostly in front or end position whereas perhaps is used in front, mid and end position:See more
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