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maybeadverb

uk   /ˈmeɪ.bi/ us   /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.
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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(Definition of maybe from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"maybe" in American English

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maybeadverb [not gradable]

us   /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 from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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