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may /meɪ/ vb ( past might)
takes an infinitive without to or an implied infinitive used as an auxiliary:
  1. to indicate that permission is requested by or granted to someone: he may go to the park tomorrow if he behaves himself
  2. (often followed by well) to indicate possibility: the rope may break, he may well be a spy
  3. to indicate ability or capacity, esp in questions: may I help you?
  4. to express a strong wish: long may she reign
  5. to indicate result or purpose: used only in clauses introduced by that or so that: he writes so that the average reader may understand
  6. another word for might1
  7. to express courtesy in a question: whose child may this little girl be?
  8. be that as it mayin 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
  9. come what maywhatever happens
  10. that's as may be ⇒ (followed by a clause introduced by but) that may be so
Etymology: Old English mæg, from magan: compare Old High German mag, Old Norse
may /meɪ/ n
  1. Also: may tree
    a Brit name for hawthorn
Etymology: 16th Century: from the month of May, when it flowers



May /meɪ/ n
  1. the fifth month of the year, consisting of 31 days
Etymology: from Old French, from Latin Maius, probably from Maia, Roman goddess, identified with the Greek goddess Maia
May /meɪ/ n
  1. Robert McCredie. Baron. born 1936, Australian biologist and ecologist



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