Meaning of “perhaps” in the English Dictionary

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"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 important question 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 polite requests 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 greatest swimming coach 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)