Definitions of may

  1. get to or be allowed to do something; " May I go to the movies tonight?"; " Can I have some ice cream?"; " We got to play video games all day long"
  2. 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
  3. the month following April and preceding June
  4. A maiden.
  5. The fifth month of the year, containing thirty- one days.
  6. The early part or springtime of life.
  7. The merrymaking of May Day.
  8. Might.
  9. An auxiliary verb qualifyng the meaning of another verb, by expressing: ( a) Ability, competency, or possibility; - now oftener expressed by can.
  10. The flowers of the hawthorn; - so called from their time of blossoming; also, the hawthorn.
  11. The merrymaking of Day.
  12. To be able; be allowed; to express earnest desire; as, may you never repent this act; to be, under the circumstances, possible; as, the illness may cause his death; to chance, or happen by chance.- May, the fifth month of the year.
  13. To be able: to be allowed: to be free to act: to be possible: to be by chance:- pa. t. might ( mit).
  14. The fifth month of the year: the early or gay part of life.
  15. To gather May ( prov. E. the blossom of the hawthorn, which blooms in May):- pr. p. Maying.
  16. The fifth month of the year.
  17. To be able; to be possible, or allowed.
  18. To have permission or ability.
  19. To be possible.
  20. The fifth month.
  21. The fifth month of the year; the early part of life; hawthorn blossom.
  22. Togather flowers in may- blossom.
  23. Strength; force; power. With might and main, with the utmost strength.
  24. An auxiliary verb expressing liberty, desire, or wish; to be able; to be possible, as it may be so; to be permitted or allowed; to be by chance, as how old may he be.

Usage examples for may

  1. You may see for yourself. – Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins
  2. Then it may do? – Embarrassments by Henry James
  3. May we come in, Kitty? – The Marriage of William Ashe by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  4. We may hear from it. – The Chief Legatee by Anna Katharine Green
  5. Perhaps we may know what to do. – Jimmy Kirkland and the Plot for a Pennant by Hugh S. Fullerton
  6. You may be a harum- scarum child, but we love you. – Nan Sherwood on the Mexican Border by Annie Roe Carr
  7. Then we may talk about what we like. – Daisy by Elizabeth Wetherell
  8. That's as it may be. – The Golden Scarecrow by Hugh Walpole
  9. " May I know what they were? – Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  10. I'll see that you shall know, come what may. – Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  11. Don't we wish we may get it! – Tom Brown at Oxford by Thomas Hughes
  12. May I take them? – The Regent's Daughter by Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
  13. How do you know all there may have been in his life? – Harvest by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  14. " Oh, Mrs. Neugass, if I may! – Star-Dust A Story of an American Girl by Fannie Hurst
  15. You may put it to any proof. – Prisoners of Conscience by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  16. You may see him. – Carmen's Messenger by Harold Bindloss
  17. Can I and may I be myself in them? – The Ego and His Own by Max Stirner
  18. He may get well? – Ailsa Paige by Robert W. Chambers
  19. And that you may do. – Whispering Smith by Frank H. Spearman
  20. Sir Richard Arden, you may be sure, was not there. – Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu