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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HILLBILLY’ PARKS Mobile home parks have long represented a slice of the American dream for those who couldn’t afford land, or perhaps for those who wanted a place to park a summer home. Washington Post, "Mobile home parks move from mom-and-pop to corporate," 16 Sep. 2019 Alternately, perhaps the Tigers are looking for different traits in these positions or plan to evolve the roles into new titles. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers part ways with minor-league staffers," 15 Sep. 2019 The Trojans were positioned to build on their momentum from the Stanford win, to further entrench coach Clay Helton, to climb in the rankings and perhaps set up a major intersectional duel in South Bend next month. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, "Saturday Night Five: USC stumbles, UCLA rolls over (again), ASU goes bowling (trust us) and has anybody seen Stanford," 15 Sep. 2019 All one can learn is that households will pay more, some perhaps substantial amounts, for consumer goods that are imported from China. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Real World Economics: Time to explain the basics of trade," 15 Sep. 2019 The comments just three days before the election on Netanyahu's political future were the latest effort by Trump to back Netanyahu, perhaps his closest personal ally on the world stage. Fox News, "Trump says he and Netanyahu discussed possible US-Israeli defense treaty," 15 Sep. 2019 With New Hope's help, Cheese and Thank You's employees will prepare their resumes, go on interviews and perhaps land permanent jobs in culinary services or other industries. Vic Ryckaert, Indianapolis Star, "Food truck serves mac and cheese to guests and careers to disabled adults," 14 Sep. 2019 During an interview, Tom stood next to the stall and Roo pressed his head against him, looking for pats or treats, perhaps. Mary Grace Keller,, "Retired thoroughbred racehorses find home in Taneytown, Maryland’s first sanctuary farm," 13 Sep. 2019 Apparently there’s some sort of mystery in and around and perhaps under... Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Civilization reproduced in Excel, Control teases an Alan Wake expansion," 13 Sep. 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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