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Meaning of “perhaps” in the English Dictionary

"perhaps" in British English

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perhapsadverb

uk   /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 ​importantquestion has not been ​asked. We ​plan to ​travel to ​Europe - to Spain or Italy perhaps.
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used to show that a ​number or ​amount is ​approximate: There were perhaps 500 ​people at the ​meeting. used when making ​politerequests or ​statements of ​opinion: "I never ​remember people's ​birthdays." "Well, perhaps you should."

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(Definition of perhaps from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"perhaps" in American English

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perhapsadverb [not gradable]

 us   /pərˈhæps/
used to show that something is ​possible or that you are not ​certain about something; ​maybe: Perhaps the ​greatestswimmingcoach in ​history, Kiphuth ​retired after 41 ​years at Yale. Soon, perhaps as early as this ​week, she is to ​testify in the ​trial.
(Definition of perhaps from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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