Definition of maybe in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmeɪbiː/


Perhaps; possibly: maybe I won’t go back he was standing maybe 20 or 30 feet away
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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.
perhaps, possibly, conceivably, it could be (that), it is possible (that), for all one knows;
Northern English  happen
literary peradventure, perchance, mayhap, haply
rare percase


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).

Words that rhyme with maybe

Achebe, baby

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