I. verbal auxiliary, past of may Etymology: Middle English, from Old English meahte, mihte; akin to Old High German mahta, mohta could Date: before 12th century — used in auxiliary function to express permission, liberty, probability, possibility in the past <
the president might do nothing without the board's consent
or a present condition contrary to fact <
if you were older you might understand
or less probability or possibility than may <
might get there before it rains
or as a polite alternative to may <
might I ask who is calling
or to ought or should <
you might at least apologize
II. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English miht; akin to Old High German maht might, magan to be able — more at may Date: before 12th century 1. a. the power, authority, or resources wielded (as by an individual or group) b. (1) bodily strength (2) the power, energy, or intensity of which one is capable <
striving with might and main
2. dialect a great deal Synonyms: see power

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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