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 Or maybe his lack of history is just there as a counterpoint to his new partner, who has altogether too much messy history. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 16 June 2021 Or maybe the knee is a time bomb that did not need this series extended to at least six games. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 15 June 2021 Or maybe your go-to snack will be Parmesan and Chipotle Popcorn, which hits your palate first with a salty shock of Parmesan cheese before yielding to the smoky warmth of the chipotle powder. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 15 June 2021 And maybe there's some sizzling spice, but this isn't imperative. Andi Berlin, The Arizona Republic, 12 June 2021 But Hocker was running at home, and maybe that was the difference. Ken Goe For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 12 June 2021 In North Park and Hillcrest rain began to fall shortly after the rumble, and there was speculation that maybe a freakish clap of thunder was the culprit. San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 June 2021 The snakes were kept in these large bins, and there would be maybe several hundred snakes in a bin. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 11 June 2021 So Darth Vader in Galaxy’s Edge would be the theme-park equivalent—chronotopic dissonance, maybe. Adam Rogers, Wired, 10 June 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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18 Jun 2021

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“Maybe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 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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