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


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Example Sentences

Adverb maybe we can make it to the concert, if we hurry
Recent Examples on the Web
Or maybe a Gloria Calderón Kellett (One Day at a Time)? Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 Nov. 2022 The implication—that an NME story may have shaped the Sturm und Drang, and maybe even the acute suicidal ideation, of the era’s most iconic rock star—is both gruesome and tantalizing, speaking perversely to the outsize impact of the rock critic. John Semley, The New Republic, 18 Nov. 2022 If Allen and Williams can go, the Chargers will have a better shot at keeping pace and maybe even winning the game outright. Adam Burke, Los Angeles Times, 18 Nov. 2022 Any violence takes place off-screen, maybe not so much to soften the effect but out of respect for his main character and for us. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 18 Nov. 2022 Russia's economy, it's said, could contract by maybe 3 percent the rest of the year. Arkansas Online, 18 Nov. 2022 Young broke the school sack record with 16.5 sacks that year so not having that would suggest that maybe Ohio State would struggle to get home. Stephen Means, cleveland, 18 Nov. 2022 Instead of exchanging gifts with friends, maybe take time to be with each other. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, 18 Nov. 2022 If the turkey duty falls on you every year, maybe 2022 is the year to chill out, and let someone else do the cooking. Orlando Mayorquin, USA TODAY, 18 Nov. 2022
But panicking, or fretting over what ifs and maybes several months down the road, is pointless. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, 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, 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, 17 July 2019 But that’s a lot of maybes to receive in return for an MVP finalist and perennial DPOY candidate. Rohan Nadkarni,, 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, 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, 18 July 2018 All of those maybes should help to explain the outsize popularity of SpongeBob’s BFF Patrick. Michael Andor Brodeur,, 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, 23 May 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


15th century, in the meaning defined above


1598, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of maybe was in the 15th century

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“Maybe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

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