2nd person singular present indicative of 1 .
auxiliary verb, present singular 1st person may, 2nd may or (Archaic) mayest or mayst, 3rd may; present plural may; past might.
(used to express possibility):
It may rain.
(used to express opportunity or permission):
You may enter.
(used to express contingency, especially in clauses indicating condition, concession, purpose, result, etc.):
I may be wrong but I think you would be wise to go. Times may change but human nature stays the same.
(used to express wish or prayer):
May you live to an old age.
Archaic. (used to express ability or power.)
(archaic or dialect) used with the pronoun thou or its relative equivalent a singular form of the present tense of may1
verb (past) might takes an infinitive without to or an implied infinitive used as an auxiliary
to indicate that permission is requested by or granted to someone: he may go to the park tomorrow if he behaves himself
(often foll 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
(foll by a clause introduced by but) that’s as may be, that may be so
an archaic word for maiden
Also may tree a Brit name for hawthorn
short for may blossom
the fifth month of the year, consisting of 31 days
Robert McCredie, Baron. born 1936, Australian biologist and ecologist
Old English mæg “am able” (infinitive magan, past tense meahte, mihte), from Proto-Germanic root *mag-, infinitive *maganan (Old Frisian mei/muga/machte “have power, may;” Old Saxon mag/mugan/mahte; Middle Dutch mach/moghen/mohte; Dutch mag/mogen/mocht; Old High German mag/magan/mahta; German mag/mögen/mochte; Old Norse ma/mega/matte; Gothic mag/magan/mahte “to be able”), from PIE *magh- (1) “to be able, have power” (cf. Greek mekhos, makhos “means, instrument,” Old Church Slavonic mogo “to be able,” mosti “power, force,” Sanskrit mahan “great”). Also used in Old English as a “auxiliary of prediction.”
“to take part in May Day festivities,” late 15c., from May. Related: Mayed; maying.
fifth month, early 12c., from Old French mai and directly from Latin Majus, Maius mensis “month of May,” possibly from Maja, Maia, a Roman earth goddess (wife of Vulcan) whose name is of unknown origin; possibly from PIE *mag-ya “she who is great,” fem. suffixed form of root *meg- “great” (cognate with Latin magnus). Replaced Old English þrimilce, month in which cows can be milked three times a day. May marriages have been considered unlucky at least since Ovid’s day. May-apple attested from 1733, American English.
[meyz] /meɪz/ noun 1. Willie (Howard) born 1931, U.S. baseball player. [mey] /meɪ/ noun, Archaic. 1. a maiden. [mey] /meɪ/ noun 1. the fifth month of the year, containing 31 days. 2. the early part of one’s life, especially the prime: a young woman in her May. 3. the festivities of . 4. (lowercase) British. […]
[mahy-ten] /maɪˈtɛn/ noun 1. a tree, Maytenus boaria, native to Chile, having narrow leaves and drooping branches, planted as a street tree in Florida and southern California.
[mey-tahym] /ˈmeɪˌtaɪm/ noun 1. the month of .
noun, British. 1. the hawthorn. noun 1. a Brit name for hawthorn