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modal verb (3rd singular present might)

1 past of may1, used especially.
1.1In reported speech, to express possibility or permission: he said he might be late
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  • 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 an unfulfilled condition: we might have won if we’d played better
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  • 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.
1.3Expressing annoyance about something that someone has not done: you might have told me!
1.4Expressing purpose: he avoided social engagements so that he might work
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  • However, Jesus knew that the law was given so that mankind might understand the purposes of God.
2Used to tentatively ask permission or express a polite request: might I just ask one question? you might just call me Jane, if you don’t mind
2.1Asking for information, especially condescendingly: and who might you be?
3Used to express possibility or make a suggestion: this might be true you might try pain relievers
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  • 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.


On the distinction between might and may, see may1 (usage)For a discussion of the use of might of instead of might have, see have (usage).


might as well
1Used to make an unenthusiastic suggestion: I might as well begin
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  • 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-Croatian
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  • 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 you
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  • 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.

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[mass noun]
Great and impressive power or strength, especially of a nation, large organization, or natural force: a convincing display of military might
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  • 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.
strength, force, power;
vigour, energy, brawn, sinew, muscularity;
stamina, stoutness, mightiness, powerfulness, forcefulness, potency, toughness, robustness, sturdiness


might is right
Those who are powerful can do what they wish unchallenged, even if their action is in fact unjustified: he believed that might was right and woe betide anyone who stood in his way
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  • 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: he clung on with all his might she had been playing a part with all her might
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  • 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.
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  • 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!
with all one's strength, with everything one has got, to the best of one's ability, as hard as one can, as hard as possible, all out, with maximum force, (with) full force, full blast, with all the stops out, forcefully, powerfully, strongly, vigorously, enthusiastically
informal hammer and tongs, like crazy, like mad


Old English miht, mieht, of Germanic origin; related to may1.

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