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Definition may

Etymology 1

From Middle English mowen, mayen, moȝen, maȝen, from Old English magan, from Proto-Germanic *maganą, from Proto-Indo-European *megʰ-. Cognate with Dutch mag (“may”, first and third-person singular of mogen (“to be able to, be allowed to, may”)), Low German mögen, German mag (“like”, first and third-person singular of mögen (“to like, want, require”)), Swedish , Icelandic mega, megum. See also might.


may (third-person singular simple present may, present participle -, simple past might, past participle - or (obsolete) mought)

  1. (obsolete, intransitive) To be strong; to have power (over). [8th–17th c.]
  2. (obsolete, auxiliary) To be able; can. [8th–17th c.]
  3. (intransitive, poetic) To be able to go. [from 9th c.]
  4. (modal auxiliary verb, defective) To have permission to, be allowed. Used in granting permission and in questions to make polite requests. [from 9th c.]
  5. (modal auxiliary verb, defective) Expressing a present possibility; possibly. [from 13th c.]
  6. (subjunctive present, defective) Expressing a wish (with present subjunctive effect). [from 16th c.]
  7. Used in modesty, courtesy, or concession, or to soften a question or remark.

Etymology 2

French mai, so called because it blossoms in the month of May.


may (uncountable)

  1. The hawthorn bush or its blossoms.

may (third-person singular simple present mays, present participle maying, simple past and past participle mayed)

  1. (poetic, intransitive) To gather may, or flowers in general.
  2. (poetic, intransitive) To celebrate May Day.

Etymology 3

Shortening of maid, from maiden.


may (plural mays)

  1. (archaic) A maiden.

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