perhaps

perhaps
[[t]pə(r)hæ̱ps, præ̱ps[/t]]
1) ADV: ADV with cl/group (vagueness) You use perhaps to express uncertainty, for example, when you do not know that something is definitely true, or when you are mentioning something that may possibly happen in the future in the way you describe.

Millson regarded her thoughtfully. Perhaps she was right...

In the end they lose millions, perhaps billions...

He does not paint for very long on any one painting, perhaps for two and a half hours at a time...

It was bulky, perhaps three feet long and almost as high...

Perhaps, in time, the message will get through...

They'd come soon, perhaps when the radio broadcast was over.

Syn:
possibly, maybe
Ant:
2) ADV: ADV with cl/group (vagueness) You use perhaps in opinions and remarks to make them appear less definite or more polite.

Perhaps the most important lesson to be learned is that you simply cannot please everyone...

His very last paintings are perhaps the most puzzling...

The lesson from all of this is perhaps a broader one...

Do you perhaps disapprove of Agatha Christie and her Poirot and Miss Marple?...

He was not perhaps physically the strongest in the class.

3) ADV: ADV with cl (politeness) You use perhaps when you are making suggestions or giving advice. Perhaps is also used in formal English to introduce requests.

Perhaps I may be permitted a few suggestions...

Well, perhaps you'll come and see us at our place?...

Perhaps if you rang me when you got back to your office?

4) ADV: ADV as reply You can say perhaps as a response to a question or remark, when you do not want to agree or accept, but think that it would be rude to disagree or refuse.

`You know it doesn't make sense for you.' - `Perhaps. I don't know. Maybe it does maybe it doesn't.'...

`I'm sure we can make it,' he says. Perhaps, but it will not be easy.


English dictionary. 2008.

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