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

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Examples of perhaps in a Sentence

Adverb perhaps we will not have to take this exam, but I doubt it
Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb More and more, perhaps, as the environment to which one is expected to adjust becomes more ruinous. Antonia Lloyd-jones, Harpers Magazine, "Archive: 2020," 11 May 2020 Whether by design, or perhaps just coincidence, Trump’s accountants have occasionally displayed the sort of audacity often associated with their client. Peter Elkind, ProPublica, "Meet the Shadowy Accountants Who Do Trump’s Taxes and Help Him Seem Richer Than He Is," 8 May 2020 First, perhaps in a cry for a chin rub, his sweet golden retriever Brody whacks Paul's computer with his head, freezing the weather maps and causing the graphics to stop working. Rachel Barrett, Country Living, "Adorable Dog Interrupts Meteorologist's At-Home Weather Report," 5 May 2020 Republican lawmakers and business leaders have criticized the plan, saying businesses must be able to open up more quickly and perhaps in regions to avoid further harm to the state's economy. Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Supreme Court asked for a second time to block restrictions in Tony Evers' order to stay home," 4 May 2020 The Clone Wars is also, perhaps, the most gorgeous-looking animated TV series ever made. James Hibberd,, "Dave Filoni on making The Clone Wars finale and Mandalorian season 2," 1 May 2020 This reminds us of the fact that other people must be judging our appearance all the time, perhaps very harshly? Sarah Todd, Quartz at Work, "Self-conscious on Zoom? Here’s a quick fix," 1 May 2020 Throw on a clean (perhaps stylish, definitely comfortable) shirt. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "How Zoom Video Meetings Taught Me to Relax My Beauty Standards," 1 May 2020 The truth is even more remarkable: Prior to preparing for their respective auditions, Mescal and Edgar-Jones were perhaps the only two people left in the world who hadn’t read the novel. Keely Weiss, Harper's BAZAAR, "How Normal People's Stars Went from an Awkward Online Encounter to "Seismic" Chemistry," 29 Apr. 2020

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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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The first known use of perhaps was circa 1520

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15 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Perhaps.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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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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