maybe

adverb
may·be | \ˈmā-bē also ˈme- \

Definition of maybe 

(Entry 1 of 2)

maybe

noun

Definition of maybe (Entry 2 of 2)

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Examples of maybe in a Sentence

Adverb

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

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Costco members were outraged over news that the major chain is pulling the Polish dog from the menu at select stores, and many took to Twitter to vent their rage -- and maybe even try to save the beloved hot dog. Michelle Gant, Fox News, "Sam's Club offering Polish dogs in response to Costco's news," 13 July 2018 But maybe the signature hymn that closed his services for many years should become our new national anthem. Loren A. Yadon, idahostatesman, "In these trying times, return to Jesus and the simplicity of faith for renewal," 12 July 2018 Pitt's offense may be better than last year, but its pass defense is abysmal. Brandon Wimbush (or maybe Ian Book) will be licking his chops. Matthew Glenesk, Indianapolis Star, "Ranking Indiana's top 50 college football games in 2018," 11 July 2018 But a Court without Kennedy and with Kavanaugh is substantially more likely to: Overturn Roe v. Wade and allow states (and maybe the federal government too) to ban most or all abortions. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "America under Brett Kavanaugh," 11 July 2018 Often, a homecoming court is crowned, with the highly coveted homecoming king and queen reigning over their kingdom for a year (or maybe until a prom king and queen come along). Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "What is Homecoming?," 9 July 2018 Try using them only during the busiest times of your routine, and maybe even empty the pouch into a bowl with a spoon. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "You're Probably Feeding Your Kids Too Many Food Pouches, Say Pediatricians," 3 July 2018 Our difference makes us superior—maybe that’s like an extreme version of a Malcolm X leader. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "In new documentary, Ian McKellen reflects on Magneto, Gandalf," 8 July 2018 Who knows, maybe the creative Kerr will have Cousins camping behind the arc and Curry posting up low. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "Passion for golf has been with Stephen Curry since an early age," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

All of those maybes should help to explain the outsize popularity of SpongeBob’s BFF Patrick. Michael Andor Brodeur, BostonGlobe.com, "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, latimes.com, "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 The answers are pretty much across-the-board maybes. Nerdwallet, USA TODAY, "Millennials, here’s how to retire by age 40," 8 Aug. 2017 His other options include a bunch of maybes: Hendrick could cut ties with underachieving Kasey Kahne in the No. 5 and Stewart-Haas Racing may have two openings if Danica Patrick and Kurt Busch do not return. Associated Press, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Matt Kenseth has no regrets over end of the ride with Joe Gibbs Racing," 14 July 2017

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First Known Use of maybe

Adverb

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1598, in the meaning defined above

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maybe

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of maybe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: possibly but not certainly

maybe

noun

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

: something that is not known for certain

maybe

adverb
may·be | \ˈmā-bē \

Kids Definition of maybe

: possibly but not certainly

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