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Definition of perhaps adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    perhaps

     adverb
    adverb
    BrE BrE//pəˈhæps//
     
    , BrE//præps//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pərˈhæps//
     
     
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  1. 1  possibly synonym maybe ‘Are you going to come?’ ‘Perhaps. I'll see how I feel.’ Perhaps he's forgotten.
  2. 2  used when you want to make a statement or opinion less definite This is perhaps his best novel to date. Language BankperhapsMaking an opinion sound less definite Most cybercrime involves traditional crimes, such as theft and fraud, being committed in new ways. Phishing is perhaps/possibly/probably the best-known example of this. It seems/appears that the more personal data which organizations collect, the more opportunity there is for this data to be lost or stolen. It seems clear that introducing national ID cards would do little to prevent identity theft. It could be argued that the introduction of national ID cards might actually make identity theft easier. It is possible that/It may be that the only way to protect ourselves against DNA identity theft is to avoid the creation of national DNA databases. language bank at impersonal, opinion
  3. 3  used when making a rough estimate a change which could affect perhaps 20% of the population
  4. 4  used when you agree or accept something unwillingly, or do not want to say strongly that you disapprove ‘You could do it yourself.’ ‘Yeah, perhaps.’
  5. 5  used when making a polite request, offer or suggestion Perhaps it would be better if you came back tomorrow. I think perhaps you've had enough to drink tonight. Perhaps you’d like to have a wash before the others arrive. Perhaps you would be good enough to let him know we are on our way.
  6. Word Origin late 15th cent.: from per + hap ‘chance’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: perhaps