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See also: May, mAy, maý, mày, máy, mây, mãy, and mấy

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EnglishEdit

 May (disambiguation) on Wikipedia

PronunciationEdit

  • enPR: , IPA(key): /meɪ/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -eɪ

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English mowen, mayen, moȝen, maȝen, from Old English magan, from Proto-Germanic *maganą, from Proto-Indo-European *megʰ-. Cognate with Dutch mag (may, first and third-person singular of mogen (to be able to, be allowed to, may)), Low German mögen, German mag (like, first and third-person singular of mögen (to like, want, require)), Swedish , Icelandic mega, megum. See also might.

VerbEdit

may (third-person singular simple present may, present participle -, simple past might, past participle - or (obsolete) mought)

  1. (obsolete, intransitive) To be strong; to have power (over). [8th–17th c.]
  2. (obsolete, auxiliary) To be able; can. [8th–17th c.]
    • 1621, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy, Oxford: Printed by Iohn Lichfield and Iames Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 216894069; The Anatomy of Melancholy: [], 2nd corrected and augmented edition, Oxford: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, 1624, OCLC 54573970, partition II, section 3, member 6:
      But many times [] we give way to passions we may resist and will not.
  3. (intransitive, poetic) To be able to go. [from 9th c.]
  4. (modal auxiliary verb, defective) To have permission to, be allowed. Used in granting permission and in questions to make polite requests. [from 9th c.]
    you may smoke outside;  may I sit there?
    Synonyms: can, could, might
  5. (modal auxiliary verb, defective) Expressing a present possibility; possibly. [from 13th c.]
    he may be lying;  Schrödinger's cat may or may not be in the box
    • 2011 October 1, Phil Dawkes, “Sunderland 2-2 West Brom”, in BBC Sport:
      The result may not quite give the Wearsiders a sweet ending to what has been a sour week, following allegations of sexual assault and drug possession against defender Titus Bramble, but it does at least demonstrate that their spirit remains strong in the face of adversity.
    • 2013 July 6, “The rise of smart beta”, in The Economist, volume 408, number 8843, page 68:
      Investors face a quandary. Cash offers a return of virtually zero in many developed countries; government-bond yields may have risen in recent weeks but they are still unattractive. Equities have suffered two big bear markets since 2000 and are wobbling again. It is hardly surprising that pension funds, insurers and endowments are searching for new sources of return.
    Synonyms: could, might
  6. (subjunctive present, defective) Expressing a wish (with present subjunctive effect). [from 16th c.]
    may you win;  may the weather be sunny
    • 1974, Bob Dylan (lyrics and music), “Forever Young”, in Planet Waves:
      May God bless and keep you always / May your wishes all come true / May you always do for others / And let others do for you / May you build a ladder to the stars / And climb on every rung / May you stay forever young
    • 1984, “No More Lonely Nights”, performed by Paul McCartney:
      May I never miss the thrill of being near you
    Synonym: might
  7. Used in modesty, courtesy, or concession, or to soften a question or remark.
    • (Can we date this quote?), Prior, (Please provide the book title or journal name):
      How old may Phillis be, you ask.
Usage notesEdit
  • May is now a defective verb. It has no infinitive, no past participle, and no future tense. Forms of to be allowed to are used to replace these missing tenses.
  • The simple past (both indicative and subjunctive) of may is might
  • The present tense is negated as may not, which can be contracted to mayn't, although this is old-fashioned; the simple past is negated as might not, which can be contracted to mightn't.
  • May has archaic second-person singular present forms mayest and mayst.
  • Usage of this word in the sense of possibly is considered incorrect by some speakers and writers, as it blurs the meaning of the word in the sense have permission to. These speakers and writers prefer to use the word might instead.
  • Wishes are often cast in the imperative rather than the subjunctive mood, not using the word may, as in Have a great day! rather than May you have a great day.
Derived termsEdit
TranslationsEdit
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Etymology 2Edit

French mai, so called because it blossoms in the month of May.

NounEdit

may (uncountable)

  1. The hawthorn bush or its blossoms.
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VerbEdit

may (third-person singular simple present mays, present participle maying, simple past and past participle mayed)

  1. (poetic, intransitive) To gather may, or flowers in general.
  2. (poetic, intransitive) To celebrate May Day.

Etymology 3Edit

Shortening of maid, from maiden.

NounEdit

may (plural mays)

  1. (archaic) A maiden.

AnagramsEdit


AzerbaijaniEdit

NounEdit

may (definite accusative mayı, plural maylar)

  1. May

DeclensionEdit

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Crimean TatarEdit

NounEdit

may

  1. butter, oil

DeclensionEdit

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InterlingueEdit

NounEdit

may (plural mayes)

  1. May, the fifth month of the Gregorian calendar.

KalashaEdit

DeterminerEdit

may

  1. my

PronounEdit

may

  1. me

KurdishEdit

MapudungunEdit

AdverbEdit

may (using Raguileo Alphabet)

  1. yes

ReferencesEdit

  • Wixaleyiñ: Mapucezugun-wigkazugun pici hemvlcijka (Wixaleyiñ: Small Mapudungun-Spanish dictionary), Beretta, Marta; Cañumil, Dario; Cañumil, Tulio, 2008.

QuechuaEdit

AdverbEdit

may

  1. where
  2. like, how, very

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PronounEdit

may

  1. (interrogative pronoun) which

VerbEdit

may

  1. (transitive) to fear

ConjugationEdit


TagalogEdit

VerbEdit

may (Baybayin spelling ᜋᜌ᜔)

  1. there is

TatarEdit

Alternative formsEdit

NounEdit

may

  1. May (Month of the Year)

DeclensionEdit

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UzbekEdit

NounEdit

may (plural maylar)

  1. May

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VietnameseEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

Cognate with Muong băl.

VerbEdit

may (𦁼, 𦄆, 𧛉, 𫋿)

  1. to sew
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Etymology 2Edit

AdjectiveEdit

may (, , 𢆧, 𢆨, 𢆪, 𪝅, 𫥏)

  1. lucky
    Synonym: hên

Derived termsEdit


WalloonEdit

 
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EtymologyEdit

From Old French mai, from Latin Māius.

NounEdit

may

  1. May (month)