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 Falcons should be able to address other issues Friday — maybe even quarterback. Paul Newberry, ajc, "Falcons pick Florida TE Kyle Pitts at No. 4 in NFL draft," 30 Apr. 2021 And that’s crazy sometimes for your nervous system to understand, and maybe people in your life too. Samuel Hyland, Rolling Stone, "The Psychedelic Indie Rock Band Crumb Comes Back Down to Earth," 29 Apr. 2021 But maybe sometime the people of Minnesota and other affected states can fill us in. Dave Lieber, Dallas News, "Don’t read this story unless you want to learn about secrets being kept from us in the Texas electricity crisis," 29 Apr. 2021 And maybe let the messages scroll by without you for a while, if the participants are getting under your skin., "Advice: The people we bought our house from are moving nearby, but we don’t want to be friends," 29 Apr. 2021 Once these technologies are in every movie theater and every living room, maybe even on every phone, things are going to get really weird. Adam Rogers, Wired, "How Pixar Uses Hyper-Colors to Hack Your Brain," 29 Apr. 2021 Viewers can expect to be inspired, energized and maybe even emotionally moved by some of the stories that are being shared. Hanna Flanagan,, "YouTube to Host Its First-Ever Beauty Festival with Jessica Alba, Pharrell Williams and More Stars," 29 Apr. 2021 With maybe the most experienced team in the state at any level coming back, Cactus might be good enough for the eight-team Open Division. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, "Cactus takes huge expectations into spring football with perhaps state's most experienced team," 29 Apr. 2021 That would be impressive … and maybe a little creepy. Fortune, "The battle of two tech giants," 29 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But panicking, or fretting over what ifs and maybes several months down the road, is pointless. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Opinion: It's far too early to freak out about the coronavirus ruining the Tokyo Olympics," 26 Feb. 2020 Clutching his whip count of yeses, noes and maybes, Mr. McConnell appeared to be suggesting that undecided senators needed to make up their minds and join the majority of their colleagues in opposing witnesses. Nicholas Fandos, New York Times, "Trump’s Defense Team Discounts Bolton as Republicans Work to Hold Off Witnesses," 28 Jan. 2020 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

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15th century, in the meaning defined above


1598, in the meaning defined above

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1 May 2021

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“Maybe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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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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