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may1 auxiliary verb (past tense might) 1 used to express permission • You may go now. 2 (sometimes may well) used to express a possibility • I may come with you if I get this finished. 3 used to express an offer • May I help you? 4 formal used to express a wish • May you prosper! 5 formal & old use used to express purpose or result • Listen, so that you may learn. 6 affected, old use or facetious used to express a question • And who may you be? 7 used to express the idea of 'although' • You may be rich, but you're not happy. See also might1. be that as it may in spite of that. come what may whatever happens. may I add used to introduce an additional point. may I ask often ironic used before or after a question. That's as may be That may be so.
ETYMOLOGY: Anglo-Saxon mæg, present tense of magan to be able.


See Usage Note at can1.

might1 auxiliary verb 1 past tense of may1He asked if he might be of assistance. 2 (sometimes might well) used to express a possibility • He might win if he tries hardYou might well be right. 3 used to request permission • Might I speak to you a moment? 4 used in suggesting that a person should be doing a specified thing • You might carry these bags for me! 5 affected, old use or facetious used in asking a question • And who might you be? 6 used to express the sense of 'although' • You might be the boss, but you're still an idiot!
ETYMOLOGY: Anglo-Saxon miht.

might2 noun power or strength. with might and main literary with great strength; with all one's strength • pulled with all our might and main.
ETYMOLOGY: Anglo-Saxon miht.