Learner's definition of PERHAPS
: possibly but not certainly : maybe
◊ Perhaps is a more formal word than maybe. It is used when you are talking about an action that might happen in the future.
Perhaps we'll meet again.
“Will you come with us?” “I don't know. Perhaps.”
“Will you come with us?” “Perhaps, perhaps not.”
“Perhaps I'll come with you and perhaps I won't.”
They're hoping that she'll perhaps change her mind. = They're hoping that perhaps she'll change her mind.
You should hear from them soon, perhaps even by next week. = Perhaps you'll hear from them by next week.
It is also used to suggest something that is possibly correct, true, or proper.
Perhaps we should just stay here and wait.
Perhaps it would be better if you left.
There were perhaps 10,000 people at the event.
The shed is 20, perhaps 25, feet long.
We waited an hour, perhaps more.
Perhaps it's time to think about your future.
And perhaps can be used to say that one thing is true but that something else is also true.
Perhaps it's not as great as her first book, but it's still worth reading.
The instructions are still confusing, perhaps, but they're much better than they were before.