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



    BrE BrE//ˈmeɪbi//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmeɪbi//
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  1. 1  used when you are not certain that something will happen or that something is true or is a correct number synonym perhaps Maybe he'll come, maybe he won't. ‘Are you going to sell your house?’ ‘Maybe.’ It will cost two, maybe three hundred pounds. We go there maybe once or twice a month.
  2. 2  used when making a suggestion synonym perhaps I thought maybe we could go together. Maybe you should tell her. Maybe we can meet for lunch next week sometime.
  3. 3  used to agree with somebody, and to add more information that should be thought about synonym perhaps ‘You should stop work when you have the baby.’ ‘Maybe, but I can't afford to.’
  4. 4  used when replying to a question or an idea, when you are not sure whether to agree or disagree synonym perhaps ‘I think he should resign.’ ‘Maybe.’
  5. Word Originlate Middle English: from the phrase it may be (that).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: maybe