maybe
Pronunciation
  • (British, America) enPR: mā'bē, IPA: /ˈmeɪbi/, [ˈmeɪ̯bi]
Adverb

maybe (not comparable)

  1. Modifies a verb, indicating a lack of certainty: it may be that...
  2. (as a pro-sentence) Perhaps that is true (expressing no commitment to a decision or a neutral viewpoint to a statement).
    • 2016, [https://web.archive.org/web/20171030003034/https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/lets-learn-english-lesson-8-are-you-busy/3253185.html VOA Learning English] (public domain)
      Okay. See you later, maybe. — Maybe I’ll see you later.
Synonyms Translations Translations Adjective

maybe

  1. Possible; uncertain.
    • 1687, John Dryden, The Hind and the Panther, part III line 294
      Then add those may-be years thou hast to live
Noun

maybe (plural maybes)

  1. (informal) Something that is possibly true.
  2. (informal) An answer that shows neither agreement nor disagreement.
    The results of the poll were inconclusive. We got two yeses, three nos, and four maybes.
  3. (informal) A future event that may or may not happen.
    About your raise: it's a big maybe.
Synonyms


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