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Definitions of may

  1. get to or be allowed to do something; "May I go to the movies tonight?"; "Can I have some ice cream?"; "We got to play video games all day long" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. thorny Eurasian shrub of small tree having dense clusters of white to scarlet flowers followed by deep red berries; established as an escape in eastern North America Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. the month following April and preceding June Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. expresses permission; "You may leave now"; "Can I have another piece of cake?" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. A maiden. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. The fifth month of the year, containing thirty-one days. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. The early part or springtime of life. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. The merrymaking of May Day. Newage Dictionary DB
  9. Might. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  10. An auxiliary verb qualifyng the meaning of another verb, by expressing: (a) Ability, competency, or possibility; - now oftener expressed by can. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. The flowers of the hawthorn; - so called from their time of blossoming; also, the hawthorn. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. The merrymaking of Day. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. To be able; be allowed; to express earnest desire; as, may you never repent this act; to be, under the circumstances, possible; as, the illness may cause his death; to chance, or happen by chance.-May, the fifth month of the year. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  14. To be able: to be allowed: to be free to act: to be possible: to be by chance:-pa.t. might (mit). The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  15. The fifth month of the year: the early or gay part of life. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  16. To gather May (prov. E. the blossom of the hawthorn, which blooms in May):-pr.p. Maying. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  17. The fifth month of the year. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  18. To be able; to be possible, or allowed. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  19. To have permission or ability. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  20. To be possible. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  21. The fifth month. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  22. The fifth month of the year; the early part of life; hawthorn blossom. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  23. To be able; to be possible; to be free to; to be allowed. May-be perhaps; a possibility. May-hap perhaps. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  24. Togather flowers in may-blossom. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  25. Strength; force; power. With might and main, with the utmost strength. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  26. An auxiliary verb expressing liberty, desire, or wish; to be able; to be possible, as it may be so; to be permitted or allowed; to be by chance, as how old may he be. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  27. An auxiliary verb qualifyng the meaning of another verb, by expressing: a Ability, competency, or possibility; -- now oftener expressed by can. mso.anu.edu.au
  28. The flowers of the hawthorn; -- so called from their time of blossoming; also, the hawthorn. mso.anu.edu.au
  29. An auxiliary verb qualifying the meaning of another verb, dictgcide_fs
  30. Liberty; permission; allowance. dictgcide_fs
  31. Contingency or liability; possibility or probability. dictgcide_fs
  32. Modesty, courtesy, or concession, or a desire to soften a question or remark. dictgcide_fs
  33. Desire or wish, as in prayer, imprecation, benediction, and the like. dictgcide_fs
  34. The flowers of the hawthorn; so called from their time of blossoming; also, the hawthorn. dictgcide_fs
  35. m[=a], v.i. to be able: to be allowed: to be free to act: to be possible: to be by chance: to be competent:--pa.t. might (m[=i]t).--adv. MAY'BE, perhaps, possibly.--n. a possibility.--adv. MAY'HAP, perhaps. [A.S. mæg, pr.t. of mugan, to be able, pa.t. mihte; cog. with Goth. magan, Ger. mögen.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  36. m[=a], n. the fifth month of the year: the early or gay part of life.--v.i. to gather May (prov. Eng. the blossom of the hawthorn, which blooms in May):--pr.p. May'ing.--ns. MAY'-BEE'TLE, MAY'-BUG, the cockchafer; MAY'-BLOOM, the hawthorn flower; MAY'DAY, the first day of May; MAY'-DEW, the dew of May, esp. that of the morning of the first day of May, which is said to whiten linen, and to enable a face washed with it to keep its beauty; MAY'-DUKE, a variety of sour cherry; MAY'-FLOW'ER, the hawthorn, which blooms in May; MAY'FLY, a short-lived fly which appears in May; MAY'-GAME, sport such as is usual on 1st May, frolic generally; MAY'ING, the observance of Mayday sports and games; MAY'-L[=A]'DY, the queen of the May; MAY'-LIL'Y, the lily of the valley, so called because it blooms in May; MAY'-MORN (Shak.), freshness, like that of a morning in May, vigour; MAY'POLE, a pole erected for dancing round on Mayday; MAY'-QUEEN, a young woman crowned with flowers as queen on Mayday; MAY'TIME, May, the season of May. [O. Fr. Mai--L. Maius (mensis, a month), sacred to Maia, the mother of Mercury.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  37. m[=a], n. a maid. [A.S. m['æ]g, a kinswoman.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  38. (3rd sing. May; past might), expr. possibility, as it may be true (neg. it cannot be), it may not be (perhaps is not) true, you may walk miles without seeing one, he may or might (perhaps will) lose his way, I was afraid he might (perhaps would) lose his way, afraid he might have (perhaps had) lost it; expr. permission, as you may (neg. MUST not or cannot) go, I wish I might; you might (I request you to) call at the baker\'s; you might (ought to, yet do not) offer to help, you might (ought to) have offered; (in final clauses, & after wish, fear, &c.) take, took, such a ourse as may, might, avert the danger, i hope he may, hoped he might, succeed; (expr. wish) may you live to repent it!; (in questions, emphasizing uncertainty) who may you be?, I asked him who he might be; may be (also archaic mayhap), perhaps. [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  39. (poet.). Maiden. [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  40. Fifth month of year; (fig.) bloom, prime; Queen of (the) M., girl chosen to be queen of games on May-day; hawthorn (blossom); (Camb. Univ., pl.) M. examination, M. boat-races held during M.-week (late in M. or early in June); M.-day, May 1 (maying, keeping this, picking m.); m.-fly, an ephemeral insect; m.-games, on M.-day; may-pole, pole painted& decked with flowers, for dancing round on M.-day. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  41. Mayfair, fashionable London district enclosed by Park lane, Oxford street, Regent street, & Piceadilly (named from fair formerly held in May); M. meetings, of religious& philanthropical societies held during M. in London. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  42. See Maia. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  43. n. [Anglo-Saxon] The early part of life;— the flowers of the hawthorn;— a young woman; maid. Cabinet Dictionary
  44. n. [French] The fifth month of the year. Cabinet Dictionary

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