may·​be | \ ˈmā-bē How to pronounce maybe (audio) also ˈme- \

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Adverb maybe we can make it to the concert, if we hurry
Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb The marble lobby seemed a bit too corporate, somewhat intimidating, and maybe even a little uninviting., "When Philipp Knuepfer arrived at the Mandarin Oriental in the Back Bay, he did two things that were fairly radical for the luxury hotel chain. He set up his “office” in the lobby, next to the front door, amid the cushy sofas and chairs. And he brought along his two golden retrievers.," 1 Jan. 2020 But there’s maybe no better totem for the last decade of consumer technology. Brian Barrett, Wired, "3D TV Tells You Everything About This Decade’s Tech," 31 Dec. 2019 Considering Gigi made Zayn’s mom’s chicken over the holidays, maybe 2020 will be their year? 2017: Prince Harry & Meghan Markle Two royal weddings in one decade?! Andrea Wurzburger,, "Engagements, Weddings and Whirlwind Romances: The 10 Celebrity Couples of the Past Decade," 31 Dec. 2019 And none of them are current, because maybe they were all done five, 10 years ago. Joan Meiners, ProPublica, "How Oil Companies Avoided Environmental Accountability After 10.8 Million Gallons Spilled," 28 Dec. 2019 If not, maybe Elon Musk's other venture SpaceX or Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin will chart our next course. USA Today, "A decade of change from 300 miles above Earth," 27 Dec. 2019 The obsession starts out with a colorful leash, maybe a cute bed that matches the decor. Kaitlin Menza, House Beautiful, "These Dog Bandannas Are So Cute I'm Mad About It," 26 Dec. 2019 So, maybe allowing my family to find some of their own answers might not be the worst solution. Tonilyn Hornung, Good Housekeeping, "My Family Won't Stop Asking Me Questions," 26 Dec. 2019 There are probably maybe like 10,000 serious ASL players in the whole world. Geek's Guide To The Galaxy, WIRED, "Board Games Are Getting Really, Really Popular," 21 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Maybe Apple will redesign the keyboard or maybe Intel will finally deliver a better processor or maybe, well, there are a lot of maybes. Dieter Bohn, The Verge, "Apple MacBook Air (2019) review: the new normal," 17 July 2019 But that’s a lot of maybes to receive in return for an MVP finalist and perennial DPOY candidate. Rohan Nadkarni,, "Clippers Acquire Paul George From Thunder in Most Shocking Move of the Summer," 6 July 2019 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

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15th century, in the meaning defined above


1598, in the meaning defined above

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3 Jan 2020

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“Maybe.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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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 How to pronounce maybe (audio) \

Kids Definition of maybe

: possibly but not certainly

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