verb (3rd singular present might)
- 1 past of may1, used especially.
- 1.1In reported speech, expressing possibility or permission: he said he might be lateMore example sentences
- A Morrison spokesman would not deny a report that the brothers might buy back the company.
- A farmer can report what he thinks might be foot and mouth, a vet has to be called, and a blood test done.
- 1.2Expressing a possibility based on a condition not fulfilled: we might have won if we’d played betterMore example sentences
- A permanent lunar base might then provide a springboard for a trip to Mars.
- We are left to wonder what more it might achieve if conditions were better.
- They had no choice but to turn around and go back to conditions that might have ended their lives.
- 1.4Expressing purpose: he avoided social engagements so that he might workMore example sentences
- However, Jesus knew that the law was given so that mankind might understand the purposes of God.
- 3Used to express possibility or make a suggestion: this might be true you might try nonprescription pain relieversMore example sentences
- But when a friend suggested the story might not be true she contacted the Advertiser for help.
- Powerful minds can project incredibly rich suggestions of what it might feel like, but you don't know.
- I was wondering if you have any suggestions as to what might be best for me considering his size.
- 1Used to make an unenthusiastic suggestion: I might as well beginMore example sentences
- We might as well begin our quest to improve Anglo-German relations at the very top.
- I suggest to her that they might as well stop giving out tickets for now.
- So I might as well stop trying to write novels in which real people move.
- 2Used to indicate that a situation is the same as if the hypothetical thing stated were true: for readers seeking illumination, this book might as well have been written in Serbo-CroatianMore example sentences
- Okay, that's not quite true, but it might as well be, because bubbly is everywhere in Reims.
- When that hate finds its way into the mainstream consciousness, it might as well be true.
- The planet is never named, because it might as well be the whole universe in this book.
might have known (or guessed)
- Used to express one’s lack of surprise about something: I might have known it was youMore example sentences
- If our president had traveled more, he might have known that.
- You might have known, in general, that the market was in a bubble.
- His more established blog, Law, Science and Technology, focuses on - as you might have guessed - the intersection of law, science, and technology.
On the difference in use between might and may, see may1 (usage).
- Great and impressive power or strength, especially of a nation, large organization, or natural force: a convincing display of military mightMore example sentences
- The might of the Indian Army was on display as battle tanks and mounted missiles rolled out.
- We must encourage our leaders to use their heads rather than their might.
- They should use their might to challenge and change the laws of this land.
might is right
- Those who are powerful can do what they wish unchallenged, even if their action is in fact unjustified.More example sentences
- We are living under the New World Order where might is right and the propaganda machine creates the truths and facts to serve the cause of that right.
- Bullying is the classic statement that violence is right, that might is right.
- Societies in which might is right may of course persist with their traditional ways, but they then have to bear the consequences - including, in the long term, that more dynamic neighbours take control.
with all one's might
- Using all one’s power or strength.More example sentences
- Eventually a wave washed up the beach, and as it rolled over her she gathered her strength and wriggled with all her might.
- I ripped with all my might, but after a moment, all my strength was gone and I blacked out again.
- With her last ounce of strength, she pushed at her assassin with all her might.
with might and main
- With all one’s strength or power.More example sentences
- As I was about to enter the dojo he begged me to fight with might and main adding that if I put my shoulder out again he would soon mend it!
Old English miht, mieht, of Germanic origin; related to may1.