Definition of perhaps in English:


Line breaks: per|haps
Pronunciation: /pəˈhaps


1Used to express uncertainty or possibility: perhaps I should have been frank with him
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  • Extreme acceleration is definitely a possibility, and perhaps even inevitable.
  • But perhaps more than ever there are many moorland paths overgrown with the heather.
  • Any attempt to strive for a better life is likely to be viewed with scorn and perhaps even presented as dangerous.
maybe, for all I know, for all you know, it could be (that), it may be (that), it is possible (that), possibly, conceivably, feasibly;
Northern English happen
rare percase
1.1Used when one does not wish to be too definite or assertive in the expression of an opinion: perhaps not surprisingly, he was cautious about committing himself
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  • He referred to the definition of a young person as perhaps being a bit broad.
  • However, it tends to be lax in dealing with matters that are perhaps a bit more important.
  • Ally that with a network of buses going to the hospital and perhaps a bit of the dreadful congestion might be eased.
1.2Used when making a polite request, offer, or suggestion: would you perhaps consent to act as our guide?
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  • So I shall have a look at the tonics on offer and perhaps get her something to try and buck her up a bit.
  • I suggested that perhaps he needed to eat too and so the two of us went into the kitchen and had sandwiches together.
  • I suggest, perhaps, that he was grappling with the one thing we all had a sense of.


late 15th century: from per + hap.

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