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. expresses permission; " You may leave now"; " Can I have another piece of cake?"
  5. A maiden.
  6. The fifth month of the year, containing thirty- one days.
  7. The early part or springtime of life.
  8. The merrymaking of May Day.
  9. Might.
  10. An auxiliary verb qualifyng the meaning of another verb, by expressing: ( a) Ability, competency, or possibility; - now oftener expressed by can.
  11. The flowers of the hawthorn; - so called from their time of blossoming; also, the hawthorn.
  12. The merrymaking of Day.
  13. 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.
  14. To be able: to be allowed: to be free to act: to be possible: to be by chance:- pa. t. might ( mit).
  15. The fifth month of the year: the early or gay part of life.
  16. To gather May ( prov. E. the blossom of the hawthorn, which blooms in May):- pr. p. Maying.
  17. The fifth month of the year.
  18. To be able; to be possible, or allowed.
  19. To have permission or ability.
  20. To be possible.
  21. The fifth month.
  22. The fifth month of the year; the early part of life; hawthorn blossom.
  23. To be able; to be possible; to be free to; to be allowed. May- be perhaps; a possibility. May- hap perhaps.
  24. Togather flowers in may- blossom.
  25. Strength; force; power. With might and main, with the utmost strength.
  26. 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.

Antonyms for may

may not, must not.

Quotes of may

  1. History may be divided into three movements: what moves rapidly, what moves slowly and what appears not to move at all. – Fernand Braudel
  2. To himself everyone is immortal; he may know that he is going to die, but he can never know that he is dead. – Samuel Butler
  3. Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend. – Albert Camus
  4. The capacity of man himself is only revealed when, under stress and responsibility, he breaks through his educational shell, and he may then be a splendid surprise to himself no less than to this teachers. – Harvey Cushing
  5. Here in America we are descended in blood and in spirit from revolutionists and rebels- men and women who dare to dissent from accepted doctrine. As their heirs, may we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion. – Dwight D. Eisenhower
  6. I discovered early in my movie work that a movie is never any better than the stupidest man connected with it. There are times when this distinction may be given to the writer or director. Most often it belongs to the producer. – Ben Hecht
  7. One may not regard the world as a sort of metaphysical brothel for emotions. – Arthur Koestler
  8. A son can bear with equanimity the loss of his father, but the loss of his inheritance may drive him to despair. – Niccolo Machiavelli
  9. Consumption may be regarded as negative production. – Alfred Marshall
  10. Once in a century a man may be ruined or made insufferable by praise. But surely once in a minute something generous dies for want of it. – John Masefield
  11. I did that all the more, if I may say so, because I was aware of the fact that there is an inclination to go to extremes in German people, and in the German character generally. – Fritz Sauckel
  12. Whatever the details of union may be, there's no doubt we need more policy coordination in Europe. – Gerhard Schroder
  13. What our eyes behold may well be the text of life but one's meditations on the text and the disclosures of these meditations are no less a part of the structure of reality. – Wallace Stevens
  14. It may be a mistake, that man, in a state of nature, is more disposed to cruelty than courtesy. – Mercy Otis Warren
  15. Press on! for in the grave there is no work and no device. Press on! while yet you may – Nathaniel Parker Willis

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

Rhymes for may