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Meaning of perhaps by Wiktionary Dictionary


    Alternative forms

    • perhap


    Alteration ( via plural: -s or adverbial -s ) of earlier perhap, equivalent to per +‎ hap ( “chance, coincidence” ) .


    • ( RP ) IPA: /pəˈhæps/, X-SAMPA: /p@"h{ps/
    • ( GenAm ) IPA: /pɚˈhæps/, X-SAMPA: /p@`"h{ps/
    • ( GenAm ) ( colloquial ) ( nonstandard ) IPA: /ˈpɹæps/
    • Rhymes: -æps
    • Hyphenation: per‧haps


    perhaps ( not comparable )

    1. Modifies a verb, indicating a lack of certainty .
      Perhaps John will come over for dinner .


Explanation of perhaps by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. by chance

    2. perhaps she will call tomorrow

    Definition of perhaps by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. May ( mā ), v. [imp. Might ( mīt )] [AS. pres. maeg I am able, pret. meahte, mihte; akin to D. mogen, G. mögen, OHG. mugan, magan, Icel. mega, Goth. magan, Russ. moche. √103. Cf. Dismay, Main strength, Might. The old imp. mought is obsolete, except as a provincial word.] An auxiliary verb qualifying the meaning of another verb, by expressing: Ability, competency, or possibility; -- now oftener expressed by can.

      How may a man, said he, with idle speech,

      Be won to spoil the castle of his health! Spenser.

      For what he [the king] may do is of two kinds; what he may do as just, and what he may do as possible. Bacon.

      For of all sad words of tongue or pen

      The saddest are these: “It might have been.” Whittier.

      Liberty; permission; allowance.

      Thou mayst be no longer steward. Luke xvi. 2.

      Contingency or liability; possibility or probability.

      Though what he learns he speaks, and may advance

      Some general maxims, or be right by chance. Pope.

      Modesty, courtesy, or concession, or a desire to soften a question or remark.

      How old may Phillis be, you ask. Prior.

      Desire or wish, as in prayer, imprecation, benediction, and the like. “May you live happily.” Dryden.

      May be, and It may be, are used as equivalent to possibly, perhaps, maybe, by chance, peradventure. See 1st Maybe.

    2. Perhaps ( pẽrhăps ), adv. [Per + hap chance.] Posibly; by chance; peradventure; perchance; it may be.

      And pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee. Acts viii. 22.