There are 3 main translations of may in French:

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may 1

British English: /meɪ/
American English: /meɪ/

modal auxiliary

well1 2 2
  • 1 (possibility) See examples:he may come
    il se peut qu'il vienne
    il viendra peut-être
    ‘are you going to accept?’—‘I may’
    ‘tu vas accepter?’—‘peut-être’
    this medicine may cause drowsiness
    ce médicament peut provoquer des réactions de somnolence
    they're afraid she may die
    ils ont peur qu'elle (ne) meure
    even if I invite him he may not come
    même si je l'invite il risque de ne pas venir
    that's as may be, but…
    peut-être bien, mais…
    come what may be that as it may
  • 2 (permission) See examples: I'll sit down, if I may
    je vais m'asseoir si vous le permettez
    if I may say so
    si je puis me permettre
    and who are you, may I ask?
    [ironic]
    qui êtes-vous au juste?

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may 2
British English: /meɪ/
American English: /meɪ/

noun

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May
British English: /meɪ/
American English: /meɪ/

noun

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