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English definition of “perhaps”

perhaps

adverb     /pəˈhæps/ /præps/ US  /pɚˈhæps/
A2 used to show that something is possible or that you are not certain about something: He hasn't written to me recently - perhaps he's lost my address. Perhaps the most important question has not been asked. We plan to travel to Europe - to Spain or Italy perhaps. → See also maybePossible and probable used to show that a number or amount is approximate: There were perhaps 500 people at the meeting.Approximate used when making polite requests or statements of opinion: "I never remember people's birthdays." "Well, perhaps you should."Polite expressions maybeGrammar: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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