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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
may1 /meɪ/USA pronunciation
auxiliary (modal) v. [~ + root form of a verb],pres. may;
imperative, infinitive, and participles lacking.
- (used to express the possibility or the chances of the occurrence of the main verb):It may rain. You may have been right. He might have been here before us. Her weight may have gone down.
- (used to express the willingness of the subject to receive or grant permission or have the opportunity):You may see the doctor now. May we have a word with you? If you fail three times, you may appeal to the academic department that offered the course.
- (used with another phrase or clause to express that something else follows another idea, esp. in clauses that indicate the condition, purpose, or result of something):Let's agree on this so that (as a result) we may go home early. Difficult as it may seem, I know it can be done.
- (used to express a wish or prayer appearing before its subject in an unusual word order):Long may you live! May the couple always be happy and healthy. May we yet see the light of day. Long may the banner wave.
May0 /meɪ/USA pronunciationn. [proper noun]
- may as well. (used to express an opinion about a reason for doing or not doing the action of the main verb):I can't stay awake, so I may as well go to bed.
the fifth month of the year, containing 31 days.
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may /meɪ/ vb ( past might)
takes an infinitive without to or an implied infinitive used as an auxiliary:
Etymology: Old English mæg, from magan: compare Old High German mag, Old Norse mā
- to indicate that permission is requested by or granted to someone: he may go to the park tomorrow if he behaves himself
- (often followed by well) to indicate possibility: the rope may break, he may well be a spy
- to indicate ability or capacity, esp in questions: may I help you?
- to express a strong wish: long may she reign
- to indicate result or purpose: used only in clauses introduced by that or so that: he writes so that the average reader may understand
- another word for might1
- to express courtesy in a question: whose child may this little girl be?
- be that as it may ⇒ in spite of that: a sentence connector conceding the possible truth of a previous statement and introducing an adversative clause: be that as it may, I still think he should come
- come what may ⇒ whatever happens
- that's as may be ⇒ (followed by a clause introduced by but) that may be so
may /meɪ/ n
Etymology: 16th Century: from the month of May, when it flowers
- Also: may tree
a Brit name for hawthorn
May /meɪ/ n
Etymology: from Old French, from Latin Maius, probably from Maia, Roman goddess, identified with the Greek goddess Maia
- the fifth month of the year, consisting of 31 days
May /meɪ/ n
- Robert McCredie. Baron. born 1936, Australian biologist and ecologist