Definition of maybe in English:

maybe

Syllabification: may·be
Pronunciation: /ˈmābē
 
/

adverb

  • Perhaps; possibly: maybe I won’t go back maybe she’d been wrong to accept this job
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    • If we manage to beat them in the league this year, well, maybe we will win the league.
    • We were at Kempton when he won the King George and we just thought that maybe this was going to be his day.
    • Last season we thought we were good enough to win the title, but maybe not mature enough.
    Synonyms
    perhaps, possibly, conceivably, it could be (that), it is possible (that), for all one knows
    literary peradventure, perchance

noun

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  • A mere possibility or probability: no ifs, buts, or maybes
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    • In place of concrete evidence and facts, it substitutes possibilities, intentions and maybes.
    • ‘We've a confidential list of probables, possibles and maybes in terms of medals,’ she confides.
    • Now, there's no ifs, buts and maybes about that.

Origin

late Middle English: from the phrase it may be (that).

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