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Definition of May
MayMay May, v. [imp. Might] [AS. pres. m[ae]g I am able, pret.
meahte, mihte; akin to D. mogen, G. m["o]gen, OHG. mugan,
magan, Icel. mega, Goth. magan, Russ. moche. ?. Cf. Dismay,
Main strength, Might. The old imp. mought is obsolete,
except as a provincial word.]
An auxiliary verb qualifyng the meaning of another verb, by
(a) Ability, competency, or possibility; -- now oftener
expressed by can.
How may a man, said he, with idle speech, Be won to
spoil the castle of his health ! --Spenser.
For what he [the king] may do is of two kinds; what
he may do as just, and what he may do as possible.
For of all sad words of tongue or pen The saddest
are these: ``It might have been.' --Whittier.
(b) Liberty; permission; allowance.
Thou mayst be no longer steward. --Luke xvi. 2.
(c) Contingency or liability; possibility or probability.
Though what he learns he speaks, and may advance
Some general maxims, or be right by chance. --Pope.
(d) Modesty, courtesy, or concession, or a desire to soften a
question or remark.
How old may Phillis be, you ask. --Prior.
(e) Desire or wish, as in prayer, imprecation, benediction,
and the like. ``May you live happily.' --Dryden.
May be, & It may be, are used as equivalent to possibly,
perhaps, by chance, peradventure. See 1st Maybe.
May May, n. [Cf. Icel. m[ae]r, Goth. mawi; akin to E. maiden.
A maiden. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
MayMay May, n. [F. Mai, L. Maius; so named in honor of the
goddess Maia (Gr. ?), daughter of Atlas and mother of Mercury
1. The fifth month of the year, containing thirty-one days.
2. The early part or springtime of life.
His May of youth, and bloom of lustihood. --Shak.
3. (Bot.) The flowers of the hawthorn; -- so called from
their time of blossoming; also, the hawthorn.
The palm and may make country houses gay. --Nash.
Plumes that micked the may. --Tennyson.
4. The merrymaking of May Day. --Tennyson.
Italian may (Bot.), a shrubby species of Spir[ae]a (S.
hypericifolia) with many clusters of small white flowers
along the slender branches.
May apple (Bot.), the fruit of an American plant
(Podophyllum peltatum). Also, the plant itself
(popularly called mandrake), which has two lobed leaves,
and bears a single egg-shaped fruit at the forking. The
root and leaves, used in medicine, are powerfully drastic.
May beetle, May bug (Zo["o]l.), any one of numerous
species of large lamellicorn beetles that appear in the
winged state in May. They belong to Melolontha, and
allied genera. Called also June beetle.
May Day, the first day of May; -- celebrated in the rustic
parts of England by the crowning of a May queen with a
garland, and by dancing about a May pole.
May dew, the morning dew of the first day of May, to which
magical properties were attributed.
May flower (Bot.), a plant that flowers in May; also, its
blossom. See Mayflower, in the vocabulary.
May fly (Zo["o]l.), any species of Ephemera, and allied
genera; -- so called because the mature flies of many
species appear in May. See Ephemeral fly, under
May game, any May-day sport.
May lady, the queen or lady of May, in old May games.
May lily (Bot.), the lily of the valley (Convallaria
May pole. See Maypole in the Vocabulary.
May queen, a girl or young woman crowned queen in the
sports of May Day.
May thorn, the hawthorn.
Meaning of May from wikipedia
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is the fifth month
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origin, and people
with the surname May
(given name), given
- James Daniel May
(born 16 January
1963) is an English television presenter
and journalist. He is best known
as a co-presenter of the motoring
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Enya. It was composed
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(/təˈriːzə/; née Brasier; born 1 October
1956) is a British politician
as Prime Minister
of the United Kingdom
- Brian Harold May
, CBE ARCS (born 19 July 1947) is an English
musician, singer, songwriter, record
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Parker, commonly known
as Aunt May
or Auntie May
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- The May Queen
is a personification
of the May
Day holiday, and of springtime
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is a girl who rides
- Jodhi Tania May
(née Hakim-Edwards; 8 May
1975) is an English
stage, film, and television
actress. She remains
the youngest recipient
of the Best Actress...
- "Maggie May
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