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per·haps

 (pər-hăps′)
adv.
Maybe; possibly.

[From Middle English perhap : per, by (from Latin; see per) + hap, chance; see hap.]

perhaps

(pəˈhæps; informal præps)
adv
a. possibly; maybe
b. (as sentence modifier): he'll arrive tomorrow, perhaps; perhaps you'll see him tomorrow.
sentence substitute
it may happen, be so, etc; maybe
[C16 perhappes, from per by + happes chance, hap1]

per•haps

(pərˈhæps)

adv.
maybe; possibly.
[1520–30; See per, hap1, -s1]

maybe

perhaps

You use maybe or perhaps to indicate that something is possible, although you are not certain about it. There is no difference in meaning between these words.

Maybe he was wrong.
Perhaps Andrew is right after all.

Maybe is normally used only at the beginning of a clause.

Maybe he'll be prime minister one day.
I do think about having children, maybe when I'm 40.

Perhaps can be used in other positions in a clause.

If you live in the country, you can, perhaps, profit by buying and freezing local produce.
The Allies had better luck, perhaps, than they deserved.
It was perhaps Ellen's unconventional approach to life that made her such a great actress.

Be Careful!
Do not confuse maybe (/meɪbiː/) with may be (/meɪ biː/). May be is used in sentences such as 'He may be the best person for the job'.

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.perhaps - by chanceperhaps - by chance; "perhaps she will call tomorrow"; "we may possibly run into them at the concert"; "it may peradventure be thought that there never was such a time"

perhaps

adverb maybe, possibly, it may be, it is possible (that), conceivably, as the case may be, perchance (archaic), feasibly, for all you know, happen (Northern English dialect) Perhaps you're right.

perhaps

adverb
Possibly but not certainly:
Translations
رُبَّمالَعَّلَّ
možnásnad
måske
ehk
ehkä
možda
talán
kannski, ef til vill
ことによると
아마
forsitanfortasse
iespējams, varbūt
možnosnáď
mordamogoče
kanske
บางที
có thể

perhaps

[pəˈhæps] ADVquizá(s), tal vez
perhaps he'll comequizá or tal vez venga, a lo mejor viene
"will you be seeing her later?" - "perhaps"-¿la vas a ver después? -a lo mejor or -tal vez or -puede que sí
perhaps notpuede que no
perhaps sopuede que sí, puede que así sea, quizá sea así
there were perhaps 50 people therehabría quizás unas 50 personas allí, puede que hubiese unas 50 personas allí

perhaps

[ˈpræps pərˈhæps] advpeut-être
a bit boring, perhaps → un peu ennuyeux, peut-être
Perhaps he's ill → Il est peut-être malade.
Perhaps God does not exist → Dieu existe peut-être., Peut-être que Dieu existe.
perhaps not → peut-être pas
perhaps so → peut-être que oui
perhaps he'll ... → peut-être qu'il ...

perhaps

advvielleicht; perhaps the greatest exponent of the artder möglicherweise bedeutendste Vertreter dieser Kunst; perhaps sodas kann or mag sein; perhaps notvielleicht (auch) nicht; will he make a complete recovery? — perhaps not, but we are doing our bestwird er sich ganz erholen? — das vielleicht nicht, aber wir tun unser Bestes; perhaps I might keep it for a day or two?könnte ich es vielleicht or eventuell für ein oder zwei Tage behalten?

perhaps

[pəˈhæps, præps] advforse
perhaps so/not → forse sì/no, può darsi di sì/di no
perhaps he'll come → magari or forse verrà, può darsi che venga

perhaps

(pəˈhaps) adverb
possibly. Perhaps it will rain.

perhaps

لَعَّلَّ možná måske vielleicht ενδεχομένως quizá ehkä peut-être možda forse ことによると 아마 misschien muligens być może talvez возможно kanske บางที belki có thể 或许
References in classic literature ?
Had you come into the room you might have supposed the old man had unpleasant dreams or perhaps indigestion.
perhaps it is better to wake up after all, even to suffer, rather than to remain a dupe to illusions all one's life.
But even had this not been the case, he would not after all, perhaps, have boarded her --judging by his subsequent conduct on similar occasions --if so it had been that, by the process of hailing, he had obtained a negative answer to the question he put.
Once she wondered if he would stop if she dared go to him and then she remembered how he had driven her out of the room and thought that perhaps the sight of her might make him worse.
Perhaps we had slept within a few houses of each other.
If you had come in yesterday at a particular moment-- about half-past five, perhaps, or a quarter to six-- you would have found me in tears.
They took care not to approach the place where they had thrown Montgomery into the water, but instead, carried the four dead Beast People slantingly along the beach for perhaps a hundred yards before they waded out and cast them away.
There were others coming, and presently a little group of perhaps eight or ten of these exquisite creatures were about me.
It ended by my almost believing (perhaps actually believing) that this was perhaps my normal condition.
They have a wife, children perhaps, some affection at any rate, or perhaps only some pet vice, that must be left behind for a year or more.
But the baker's daughter goes home and dreams of the handsome young emperor, and perhaps weighs the flour amiss while she is thinking what a heavenly lot it must be to have him for a husband.
Perhaps if I did know I wouldn't dare put pen to paper.