Definition of maybe in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈmeɪbiː
, -bi/



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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.


that's as maybe

Used to admit the truth of a point in an argument before introducing another, more important point: well, that’s as maybe but it’s not the way the BBC works
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  • Well, that's as maybe, but he's also a man who regarded murder and terror as an acceptable way of advancing political ends.
  • Now, that's as maybe - but it does get you thinking about the history of the monkey in popular music.
  • Well, that's as maybe, but, I wonder, could you take me to this palace of yours so I can talk to my father?


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

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