- 1The fifth month of the year, in the northern hemisphere usually considered the last month of spring: the new model makes its showroom debut in May [as modifier]: a May morningMore example sentences
- Tour operators with summer programmes always struggle to fill the months of May and June.
- It is going to give us a good starting point for the month of May but we still have a lot of work to do as does everyone else.
- I feel the month of May is the most delightful time to be out and about on the river.
late Old English, from Old French mai, from Latin Maius (mensis) '(month) of the goddess Maia'.
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verb (3rd singular present may; past might /mīt/)
- 1Expressing possibility: that may be true he may well winMore example sentences
- This may well be true and look at the hatred that it has generated in most Western countries.
- That may well be true of course, though few have ever stated it so bluntly.
- That indeed may well be true but rather than finessing this issue it should surely be addressing it head on.
- 1.1Used when admitting that something is so before making another, more important point: they may have been old-fashioned, but they were excellent teachersMore example sentences
- They may not seem important at the time but, trust me, one day they could be more vital than a very vital thing indeed.
- It may be deeply important to some people but it is essentially a part of life, it doesn't govern our lives.
- It may not have felt like it, and he may not have admitted to it, but Johnson was a pioneering force.
- 2Expressing permission: you may use a sling if you wish may I ask a few questions?More example sentences
- The club now says his identity may not be revealed until the end of the month, but insist the deal is still on.
- Of course there is a right of appeal, which in some cases may not be exercised without prior permission.
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- 3Expressing a wish or hope: may she rest in peaceMore example sentences
- I am writing in the hope you may be able to help me with family history research.
- It is hoped the British submersible may be able to cut the submarine loose once raised to a suitable depth.
- Her husband paid tribute to her as a loving family woman and hopes she may rest in the peace of God.
be that as it may
- Despite that; nevertheless.More example sentences
- Well, anyway, be that as it may, we have to wrap up here.
- Anyway, be that as it may, I thought he was the most talented man on Earth.
- It's really difficult, but be that as it may, we are able to get by with the first ship last week, and hopefully we can get that cargo out of the transit sheds and off the docks and to the market.
Traditionalists insist that one should distinguish between may (present tense) and might (past tense) in expressing possibility: I may have some dessert after dinner if I’m still hungry I might have known that the highway would be closed because of the storm . In casual use, though, may and might are generally interchangeable: they might take a vacation next month he may have called earlier, but the answering machine was broken . On the difference in use between may and can, see can1 (usage).