may·​be | \ ˈmā-bē also ˈme- \

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maybe we can make it to the concert, if we hurry

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The way in which this bug was described would occur a few times per week or maybe 10 times per month, Microsoft said, about the same frequency as the KFR bug. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft re-releases the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, admitting its testing needs to improve," 13 Nov. 2018 For the most adorable mother-daughter Halloween costume, round up a pair of ears (and maybe a few more items) to dress like the iconic Disney character. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "3 Easy Ways Mother-Daughter Duos Can DIY Their Minnie Mouse Halloween Costumes," 23 Oct. 2018 Or maybe this whole situation is yet another piece of evidence that installing workers in an open-plan office builds camaraderie about as well as herding rats into an open-plan cage. Karla L. Miller, The Seattle Times, "How to deal with the office tattletale," 12 Dec. 2018 Even with all the holiday cheer and decorations—or maybe because of them—a lot of people suffer from depression this time of the year. Emily Chiu, Redbook, "6 Simple Things That Help Me Deal With Holiday Depression," 29 Nov. 2018 Below, check out all the maybe-probably-definitely references to the Duchess of Sussex in A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "All the Meghan Markle References in A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding," 1 Dec. 2018 Presumably Telltale’s back catalog will be sold off to the highest bidder—maybe THQ Nordic? Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: The mini "PC Classic" starts crowdfunding, Command & Conquer remasters," 16 Nov. 2018 And for now, keep yourself occupied by adding to your wish list — and maybe even shop during the Beauty Insider sale beforehand. Kristin Corpuz, Allure, "Sephora Just Announced Its First Black Friday Deal and It’s Even Better Than We Imagined," 2 Nov. 2018 Who knows, maybe there will be some newfangled primer that actually works for our finicky skin type or an innovative mascara that truly checks off every box on our criteria. Allure, "The Best New Makeup Launches Coming in November," 1 Nov. 2018

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My heart accelerated through all the scenes of waiting, by the phone and at the doctor's office, the shots, the treatment plans, the maybe, maybe, maybes, and sorry, sorry, sorrys. Elissa Strauss, Glamour, "This Netflix Movie Perfectly Pinpoints What's So Maddening About IVF," 11 Oct. 2018 But those maybes had always been accompanied by a long list of reasons why a virus wouldn't work. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Using a virus to kill what antibiotics can’t," 18 July 2018 All of those maybes should help to explain the outsize popularity of SpongeBob’s BFF Patrick. Michael Andor Brodeur,, "How did Patrick Star of ‘SpongeBob’ become a meme phenomenon?," 12 July 2018 That’s a lot of ifs, maybes and calculations, something that few people in any corner wish to have more of in a program that is already confounding. Ron Lieber, New York Times, "How to Apply for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Fix-It Fund," 23 May 2018 With enough maybes, investors won’t have to worry about prosaic matters like Lyft stealing away riders and drivers. Owen Thomas, San Francisco Chronicle, "Uber is branching out. Is it more like Amazon or Yahoo?," 26 Apr. 2018 What was left in the West was a collection of maybes or could-have-beens. John Cherwa,, "This year's Kentucky Derby could be a west side story," 23 Mar. 2018 There are a lot of ifs and maybes, but his desire to play with the Rangers isn’t either. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Darvish is perfect present for Rangers, if owners want to do it," 24 Dec. 2017 One has extremely short odds, a few are maybes, and one is a long shot that we're bound by celebrity law to include. Jeffrey Lee Puckett, The Courier-Journal, "ESPN's College GameDay needs a guest picker, and Bryson Tiller is a top candidate," 14 Sep. 2017

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15th century, in the meaning defined above


1598, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of maybe

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: possibly but not certainly



English Language Learners Definition of maybe (Entry 2 of 2)

: something that is not known for certain


may·​be | \ ˈmā-bē \

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: possibly but not certainly

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