From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishmaybemay‧be /ˈmeɪbi/ ●●●S1W1 adverb [sentence adverb] 🔊 🔊 1MAYBEused to say that something may happen or may be true but you are not certain syn perhaps 🔊 Maybe it’s all just a big misunderstanding. 🔊 ‘Do you think he’ll come back?’ ‘Maybe.’ 🔊 Maybe they’re right, but maybe not. 🔊 You have talent, maybe even genius. 🔊 He said he’d finish the work soon – maybe tomorrow.RegisterIn written English, people often prefer to use perhaps, because it is slightly more formal than maybe:Perhaps this explains why the figure is so high.2spokenNOT SURE used to reply to a suggestion or idea when either you are not sure if you agree with it, or you do not want to say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ 🔊 ‘I think Sheila would be an excellent manager.’ ‘Maybe.’3MAYBEused to show that you are not sure of an amount or number 🔊 The problems really started maybe two or three years ago. 🔊 He looked like he was thirty, maybe thirty-five years old.4MAYBE spoken used to make a suggestion you are not quite sure about 🔊 If the bill doesn’t seem right, maybe you should give them a call. 🔊 Maybe I can ride the bicycle and follow you.