Meaning of may
— pres. sing. 1st pers. 2nd 3rd pres. pl. past may, may may•est mayst, may may might.
- (used to express possibility): It may rain.
- (used to express opportunity or permission): You may enter.
- (used to express contingency, esp. in clauses indicating condition, concession, purpose, result, etc.): I may be wrong but I think you would be wise to go. Times may change but human nature stays the same.
- (used to express wish or prayer): May you live to an old age.
- (used to express ability or power.) Cf..
— n. Archaic.
- a maiden.
- the fifth month of the year, containing 31 days.
- the early part of one's life, esp. the prime: a young woman in her May.
- the festivities of May Day.
- (l.c.)the hawthorn.
- a female given name.
- (l.c.) to gather flowers in the spring: when we were maying.
- a cape at the SE tip of New Jersey, on Delaware Bay.
- may (Thesaurus)