may meaning

EN[meɪ] [-eɪ]
  • May (/meɪ/ may) is the fifth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars and one of seven months with the length of 31 days.
  • May is a month of Autumn in the Southern Hemisphere and spring in the Northern Hemisphere. Therefore, May in the Southern Hemisphere is the seasonal equivalent of November in the Northern Hemisphere and vice versa.
  • Additionally, in years immediately before common years, May starts and ends on the same day of the week as October of the following year; it also ends on the same day of the week as February of the following year.
EN May

    Definition of may in English Dictionary

  • NounPLmays
    1. The hawthorn bush or its blossoms.
    2. VerbSGmaysPR-PRmayingPT, PPmayedPTmightPP-
      1. OBS VI To be strong; to have power (over).
        1. OBS VA To be able; can.
          1. VI (poetic) To be able to go.
            1. (modal auxiliary verb, defective) To have permission to, be allowed. Used in granting permission and in questions to make polite requests.
              1. you may smoke outside;  may I sit there? ‎
            2. (modal auxiliary verb, defective) Expressing a present possibility; possibly.
              1. he may be lying;  Schrödinger's cat may or may not be in the box ‎
            3. (subjunctive present, defective) Expressing a wish (with present subjunctive effect).
              1. may you win;  may the weather be sunny ‎
            4. Used in modesty, courtesy, or concession, or to soften a question or remark.
              1. To gather may.
              2. More Examples
                1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
                  • The often-found stenophagy in local populations of euryphagous species may indicate the emergence of stenophagous forms from euryphagous ones.
                  • Keep in mind that he does not hear too well anymore, so you may have to speak more loudly.
                  • The internal dynamics of the group itself may be extremely violent, for violence and pisstaking are inextricably linked, and each are involved in the central sphere of having a laff (Willis 1988: 29).
                2. Used in the Beginning of Sentence
                  • May the divine Savitri, the well-handed, well-fingered, and well-armed, clear thee by his might!'
                  • May the souls of the recently departed rest in peace.
                  • Might this then be a bellwether tale about the rumored dire effects of overabsorption in new media?
                3. Used in the Ending of Sentence
                  • Since that upheaval Wales have won just once in seven games, beating Northern Ireland in the Nations Cup last May.
                  • Now (sayd the Lady) draweth toward night, And well I wote, that of your later fight Ye all forwearied be: for what so strong, 285 But wanting rest will also want of might?
                  • There's a storm coming, so I grit my teeth and start rowing with all my might.
              • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
                1. Nouns
                  • Countable nouns
                  • Verbs
                    • Auxiliary verbs
                      • Modal verbs
                      • Defective verbs
                        • Intransitive verbs
                          • Verbs by inflection type
                            • Irregular verbs
                              • Defective verbs
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                        1. en maybe
                        2. en mayor
                        3. en mayn't
                        4. fr maya
                        5. fr mayonnaise
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                        Meaning of may for the defined word.

                        Grammatically, this word "may" is a noun, more specifically, a countable noun. It's also a verb, more specifically, an auxiliary verb, a defective verb, an intransitive verb and a verbs by inflection type.
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