Definitions for MAYmeɪ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

may*meɪ(auxiliary v.; pres.)may

  1. (used to express possibility): It may rain.

    You may have been right.

    Category: Function Word

  2. (used to express opportunity or permission):

    You may enter.

    Category: Function Word

  3. (used to express contingency, esp. in clauses indicating condition, concession, purpose, result, etc.):

    strange as it may seem; Let us concur so that we may live in peace.

    Category: Function Word

  4. (used to express wish or prayer):

    Long may you live!

    Category: Function Word

  5. Archaic. (used to express ability or power.)

    Category: Function Word

Idioms for may:

  1. be that as it may,whether or not that is true.

    Category: Idiom

* Usage: See can1.

Origin of may:

bef. 900; ME mai 1st and 3rd pers. sing. pres. indic. of mouen, OE mæg (inf. magan), c. OFris mei, OS, OHG, Go mag, ON mā; cf. main , might2


  1. the fifth month of the year, containing 31 days.

  2. (often l.c.) the early flourishing part of life; prime.

  3. the festive activities of May Day.

  4. (v.i.)(l.c.) to gather flowers in May.

Origin of May:

bef. 1050; ME, OE Maius < L, short for Māius mēnsis


  1. Cape, a cape at the SE tip of New Jersey, on Delaware Bay.

    Category: Geography (places)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. May(noun)

    the month following April and preceding June

  2. whitethorn, English hawthorn, may, Crataegus laevigata, Crataegus oxycantha(noun)

    thorny Eurasian shrub of small tree having dense clusters of white to scarlet flowers followed by deep red berries; established as an escape in eastern North America

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. May(noun)ɪ

    the 5th month of the year

    They're visiting in May.; My birthday is on May 20th.

  2. mayɪ

    indicates what is possible

    There may be some snow later today.; We may have to change our plans.

  3. mayɪ

    used to politely ask or give permission

    May I see your passports, please.; Guests may use the gym free of charge.


  1. May(ProperNoun)

    The fifth month of the Gregorian calendar, following April and preceding June.

  2. May(ProperNoun)

    The hawthorn or its blossoms (as it blooms in May)

  3. May(ProperNoun)

    , pet name for Mary and Margaret, reinforced by the month and plant meaning.

  4. Origin: mai, so called because it blossoms in May.

Webster Dictionary

  1. May

    an auxiliary verb qualifyng the meaning of another verb, by expressing: (a) Ability, competency, or possibility; -- now oftener expressed by can

  2. May(noun)

    a maiden

  3. May(noun)

    the fifth month of the year, containing thirty-one days

  4. May(noun)

    the early part or springtime of life

  5. May(noun)

    the flowers of the hawthorn; -- so called from their time of blossoming; also, the hawthorn

  6. May(noun)

    the merrymaking of May Day


  1. May

    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. No other month begins or ends on the same day of the week as May in any year. January of the following year always begins and ends on the same day of the week as May of the current year. The month May was named for the Greek goddess Maia, who was identified with the Roman era goddess of fertility, Bona Dea, whose festival was held in May. Conversely, the Roman poet Ovid provides a second etymology, in which he says that the month of May is named for the maiores, Latin for "elders," and that the following month is named for the iuniores, or "young people".

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. May

    the fifth month of the year, so called from a Sanskrit word signifying to grow, as being the shooting or growing month.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'MAY' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #81

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'MAY' in Written Corpus Frequency: #234

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'MAY' in Verbs Frequency: #19

Anagrams of MAY

  1. Amy, MYA, Mya, mya, yam

Translations for MAY

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to have the permission to

You may go home now.

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