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 Backers of a new effort to legalize recreational marijuana in Ohio are now gathering signatures needed to send the issue to the legislature -- and maybe to voters -- after getting state approval last week for their petition language. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 7 Sep. 2021 Or maybe steal a fifth-place finish which would qualify for play in the Europa League. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 7 Sep. 2021 Quite honestly, the least believable part is a Tre'Davious White pick-6, but maybe the Packers were getting desperate as time wound down? Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 7 Sep. 2021 The state’s cranberry crop is expected to end up being about average – or maybe even above average – by the time harvest begins in about a month. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 7 Sep. 2021 Showers and maybe a rumble of thunder are possible late. Washington Post, 6 Sep. 2021 Or maybe Jesse Davis moves from right tackle to left. Dave Hyde,, 6 Sep. 2021 The Jaguars haven’t had a quarterback with his grasp of the passing game in some years, maybe ever. Creg Stephenson |, al, 5 Sep. 2021 People are using it to gin up their base to distract from the disastrous policies in Afghanistan, and maybe for fundraising appeals. ABC News, 5 Sep. 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, 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

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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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10 Sep 2021

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“Maybe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of maybe

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: possibly but not certainly : perhaps



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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