per·​haps | \ pər-ˈhaps How to pronounce perhaps (audio) , ˈpraps\

Definition of perhaps

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: possibly but not certainly : maybe



Definition of perhaps (Entry 2 of 2)

: something open to doubt or conjecture

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Synonyms for perhaps

Synonyms: Adverb

conceivably, maybe, mayhap, perchance, possibly

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Examples of perhaps in a Sentence


perhaps we will not have to take this exam, but I doubt it

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But perhaps the most surprising character return from the teaser trailer is Emperor Palpatine, cackling at the trailer's end. Adam Schubak, Popular Mechanics, "Everything We Know So Far About 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker'," 12 Apr. 2019 As such, Nvidia says GeForce GTX gamers should expect to run ray tracing at Low quality, perhaps paired with a reduction in other graphics effects, and probably at 1080p resolution. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "RTX on GTX: Nvidia's latest driver unlocks ray tracing on GeForce GTX graphics cards," 11 Apr. 2019 This happens at school, during parties, and perhaps most painfully, with your mother. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "20 Things You'll Only Understand If You Have a Sister," 27 Mar. 2019 Mulroney is perhaps best known for dressing Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau, the wife of Canada’s prime minister, Justin Trudeau, but the 36-year-old has had a long career in public relations and fashion design. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Meet Meghan Markle's Best Friend Jessica Mulroney," 20 Feb. 2019 Then there’s the more exciting news, which is a potential Dragon Age reveal set for December—perhaps at the Game Awards, though Casey Hudson’s blog post doesn’t say for sure. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Obsidian teases a game reveal, the FTC pledges to look into loot boxes," 30 Nov. 2018 For the first time—perhaps ever—Jack doesn’t try to go after Nicky. Candice Frederick, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Is Us Just Dropped Two Massive Bombshells," 28 Nov. 2018 Who doesn't want to save money on a tropical getaway to the Caribbean or Mexico, perhaps places like Aruba and Cancun? Jill Fergus, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Sites and Apps for Finding Last-Minute Travel Deals," 26 Feb. 2019 Or, perhaps Charles was already intrigued from Camilla's experience and Meghan helped inspire him to try it out. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Wait, Is Meghan Markle Giving Her In-Laws the Inspiration to Do Yoga?," 18 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of perhaps


circa 1520, in the meaning defined above


1534, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for perhaps


per + hap

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English Language Learners Definition of perhaps

: possibly but not certainly


per·​haps | \ pər-ˈhaps How to pronounce perhaps (audio) \

Kids Definition of perhaps

: possibly but not certainly : maybe Perhaps we'll go.

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to affect and impair by alcohol or a drug

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