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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
modal verb
can/may I suggest (=used to politely suggest a different idea)
▪ May I suggest that you think carefully before rushing into this?
come what may (=whatever happens)
▪ I knew he’d be able to take care of himself, come what may.
early in May/June etc
▪ I usually go on holiday early in July.
It may know that
It may interest you to know that a number of scholarships are available.
May Day
next/last May
▪ She started work here last May.
Strange as it may seem
Strange as it may seem, I actually prefer cold weather.
May through June/Wednesday through Friday etc
as well sb might/may
▪ Marilyn looked guilty when she saw me, as well she might.
▪ And a deviant and mentally diseased species as well.
▪ Microscopes caught the imagination, as well they might.
be that as it may
▪ "Everyone knows it was your idea." "Be that as it may, we can present it together."
Be that as it may, all of us need order.
Be that as it may, blood-sharing in vampire bats seems to fit the Axelrod model well.
Be that as it may, Driesch concluded that Weismann was wrong, at least in part.
Be that as it may, his depiction was so convincingly done as to restore belief in the existence of centaurs!
Be that as it may, I shall attempt to explain the spiritual aspect in my own terms.
Be that as it may, terrible things clearly happened.
Be that as it may, the truth is plain: this is an exercise of arrogant power which stinks.
Be that as it may, Woolridge had his suspicions.
can/could/may I have
▪ Are you saying that you're refusing to do that? ... Could I have your number?
▪ How can I have a death certificate?
▪ How could I have been anything but evil to her?
▪ How could I have been such a fool as to take him seriously?
▪ How else could I have known about it unless I was your son?
▪ It seemed a dream come true-what more could I have asked for?
▪ My question is, how can I have problems like other fishkeepers?
▪ What could I have paid for it?
could/may/might yet do sth
if I may be so bold
▪ And what, if I may be so bold, is the meaning of this note?
if I may say so
▪ And his manner was, if I may say so, more relaxed, almost like an aristocrat.
▪ And if I may say so, they seem more useful than yours.
▪ For my interior vision, if I may say so, it still works.
▪ Now, you're a plants-woman of no small renown, if I may say so, your ladyship.
▪ Suicidal, if I may say so.
▪ Unlike, if I may say so, the dabblings of your brother in the theology of physics.
▪ Very sexist of you to assume otherwise, if I may say so.
let me remind you/may I remind you (that)
may I trouble you?/sorry to trouble you
may just/might just
may/might/could (just) as well
▪ And if you have to plough the field anyway, you might as well plant it at the same time.
▪ And we might as well get used to it and resolve to cope.
▪ Besides, they cost so much, you might as well get some fun out of them.
▪ I thought I might just as well come down to the point.
▪ If the traveler expects the high way to be safe and well-graded, he might as well stay at home.
▪ It might as well be now.
▪ She might as well see how the enemy behaved themselves in a place like this.
▪ While she was there, they might as well have added the charge of breaching the Trades Description Act.
may/might/could well
▪ As we have already noted, he may well have been a militant nationalist who did not shrink from violence.
▪ But the women whom they find may well not match their feminist consciousness.
▪ By and large Alex and I think these developments are likely to give tangible gains and could well become a priority for implementation.
▪ In addition, the clarification of such issues could well provide the initial stimulus for a whole school language policy.
▪ It is too early to be entirely sure, but it looks as though the tide may well have turned.
▪ The requirements may well be modified as detailed work and discussion proceed.
sb may be pardoned for doing sth
to whom it may concern
wherever that is/may be
▪ Altering a passport in any way may make it invalid.
▪ Seven thirty may be too late.
▪ Thank you, you may go now.
▪ The Commission may then take one of three actions.
▪ The king has ordered a festival so that his son may select a bride.
▪ They may have called when she was in Anaheim.
▪ Travelers to Qatar may not bring in narcotics or weapons.
▪ We may not have class the last week of February, but I'll let you know for sure as the time approaches.
▪ You may now kiss the bride.
▪ Activities, such as walking, standing, sitting or bending, may have to be learned anew.
▪ But I got lost in the doing of it, as navigators may, and we went beyond ourselves.
▪ If you forget to move your turkey from freezer to refrigerator in time, you may thaw the turkey in cold water.
▪ It may pay to be early at Catford where Dromina Duke looks the part in the second race.
▪ It will cost hundreds of thousands of pounds, and may have a knock-on effect.
▪ They also monitor the production run to make sure that it stays on schedule and correct any problems that may arise.
▪ To deny this power is dangerous, for, suppressed, it will find another outlet and may erupt uncontrollably.
▪ Worse yet, it may resort to additional expedient action to disguise or defuse the consequences of previous counterproductive actions.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

May \May\ (m[=a]), v. [imp. Might (m[imac]t)] [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. [root]103. Cf. Dismay, Main strength, Might. The old imp. mought is obsolete, except as a provincial word.] An auxiliary verb qualifying the meaning of another verb, by expressing:

  1. 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!

    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.''

  2. Liberty; permission; allowance.

    Thou mayst be no longer steward.
    --Luke xvi. 2.

  3. Contingency or liability; possibility or probability.

    Though what he learns he speaks, and may advance Some general maxims, or be right by chance.

  4. Modesty, courtesy, or concession, or a desire to soften a question or remark.

    How old may Phillis be, you ask.

  5. Desire or wish, as in prayer, imprecation, benediction, and the like. ``May you live happily.''

    May be, & It may be, are used as equivalent to possibly, perhaps, maybe, by chance, peradventure. See 1st Maybe.


May \May\, n. [Cf. Icel. m[ae]r, Goth. mawi; akin to E. maiden. A maiden. [Obs.]


May \May\, n. [F. Mai, L. Maius; so named in honor of the goddess Maia (Gr. Mai^a), daughter of Atlas and mother of Mercury by Jupiter.]

  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.

  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.

    Plumes that mocked the may.

  4. The merrymaking of May Day.

    Italian may (Bot.), a shrubby species of Spir[ae]a ( Spir[ae]a 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 Ephemeral.

    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 majalis).

    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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

fifth month, early 12c., from Old French mai and directly from Latin Majus, Maius mensis "month of May," possibly from Maja, Maia, a Roman earth goddess (wife of Vulcan) whose name is of unknown origin; possibly from PIE *mag-ya "she who is great," fem. suffixed form of root *meg- "great" (cognate with Latin magnus). Replaced Old English þrimilce, month in which cows can be milked three times a day. May marriages have been considered unlucky at least since Ovid's day. May-apple attested from 1733, American English.


"to take part in May Day festivities," late 15c., from May. Related: Mayed; maying.


Old English mæg "am able" (infinitive magan, past tense meahte, mihte), from Proto-Germanic root *mag-, infinitive *maganan (Old Frisian mei/muga/machte "have power, may;" Old Saxon mag/mugan/mahte; Middle Dutch mach/moghen/mohte; Dutch mag/mogen/mocht; Old High German mag/magan/mahta; German mag/mögen/mochte; Old Norse ma/mega/matte; Gothic mag/magan/mahte "to be able"), from PIE *magh- (1) "to be able, have power" (cognates: Greek mekhos, makhos "means, instrument," Old Church Slavonic mogo "to be able," mosti "power, force," Sanskrit mahan "great"). Also used in Old English as a "auxiliary of prediction."


Etymology 1 vb. 1 (context obsolete intransitive English) To be strong; to have power (over). (8th-17th c.) 2 (context obsolete auxiliary English) To be able; can. (8th-17th c.) 3 (context intransitive poetic English) To be able to go. (from 9th c.) 4 (context modal auxiliary verb defective English) To have permission to, be allowed. Used in granting permission and in questions to make polite requests. (from 9th c.) 5 (context modal auxiliary verb defective English) Expressing a present possibility; possibly. (from 13th c.) Etymology 2

n. The hawthorn bush or its blossoms. vb. To gather may.

May, OK -- U.S. town in Oklahoma
Population (2000): 33
Housing Units (2000): 27
Land area (2000): 0.179778 sq. miles (0.465622 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 0.179778 sq. miles (0.465622 sq. km)
FIPS code: 47000
Located within: Oklahoma (OK), FIPS 40
Location: 36.616536 N, 99.749363 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 73851
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
May, OK

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 spring in the Northern Hemisphere and autumn in the Southern Hemisphere. Therefore, May in the Southern Hemisphere is the seasonal equivalent of November in the Northern Hemisphere and vice versa. Late May typically marks the of the summer vacation season in the United States and Canada and ends on Labor Day, first Monday of September.

May (name)

May is an English feminine given name. It is derived from the name of the month, which comes from Maia, the name of a Roman fertility goddess. The name May is also used as a pet form of Mary and Margaret.

People with the given name May include:

May (Pokémon)

May, known as in Japan, is a character in the Pokémon franchise, a collection of video games, anime, manga, books, toys and other media created by Satoshi Tajiri.

In the Pokémon anime, she is the daughter of the Petalburg City Gym Leader, Norman, and sister of Max. She also appears in the manga series Ash & Pikachu, and should not be confused with May Oak (or Daisy Oak), Gary's sister in the Pokémon manga series The Electrical Adventures of Pikachu.

Sapphire Birch, a protagonist of the Pokémon Adventures manga, is based on her incarnation in the Pokémon video games.

May (disambiguation)

May is the fifth month of the year.

May or MAY can also refer to:

May (film)

May is a 2002 American psychological horror film written and directed by Lucky McKee in his directorial debut. Starring Angela Bettis, Jeremy Sisto, Anna Faris, and James Duval, the film follows a lonely young woman (Bettis) traumatized by a difficult childhood, and her increasingly desperate attempts to connect with the people around her.

May (surname)

May is a surname of Germanic (Saxon) and, independently, of Gaelic origin. There are many variants used in English-speaking countries, as well as several variants used in Germany. The Scottish May is a sept of Clan Donald. The surname "May" remains a common surname in Britain, Ireland, Canada, Germany, Australia and New Zealand, as well as among Russians of German origin. People with the surname May include:

  • Abby May (1800–1877), American social activist
  • Alan Nunn May (1911–2003), English spy
  • Alexander May (1927–2008, German actor, producer, director
  • Alfred May (engineer) (1851–1920), engineer and inventor in South Australia
  • Andrew J. May (1875–1959), American politician
  • Arne May (born 1961), German neurologist
  • Artur May (born 1922), former German judge
  • Barbara May (born 1961), Austrian actress
  • Bartholomäus May (1446–1531), Swiss statesman
  • Billy May (1916–2004), American arranger
  • Bob May, see Robert May
  • Bob May (golfer) (born 1968), American golfer
  • Brad May (born 1971), Canadian ice hockey player
  • Brian May (born 1947), English rock guitarist
  • Buckshot May (1899–1984), American baseball player
  • Carl Friedrich Rudolf May (1768–1846), Swiss statesman
  • Carlos May (born 1948), American baseball player
  • Charles S. May (1830–1891), American politician from Michigan
  • Christine May (born 1948), Irish politician
  • Christof May (born 1970), German jazz musician
  • Clifford May (born 1951), American activist
  • Corinna May (born 1970), German singer
  • Corrinne May (born Corrinne Foo May Ying) (born 1973), Singaporean singer-songwriter
  • Cyril May, Australian singer-songwriter
  • Dan May (1898–1982), Nashville civic leader
  • Daniel May (born 1981), German politician
  • Daniel Boone May (1852–1878), American gunfighter
  • Darrell May (born 1972), American baseball player
  • Dave May (1943–2012), American baseball player
  • David May (computer scientist) (born 1951), computer scientist
  • David May (footballer) (born 1970), English footballer
  • Dent May, American pop musician
  • Derrick May (baseball player) (born 1968)
  • Derrick May (musician) (born 1963), American electronic pop music composer
  • Donald May (born 1927), American actor
  • Doris May (1902-1984), American film actress
  • Eddie May (1943–2012), English footballer and manager
  • Edmund May (1876–1956), German architect
  • Edna May (1878–1948), American singer and actress
  • Eduard May (1905–1956), German biologist, natural philosopher
  • Elaine May (born 1932), American screenwriter and director
  • Elizabeth May (born 1954), Canadian politician
  • Elizabeth May (athlete) (born 1983), Luxembourgian triathlete
  • Elmar May (1939–1999), German footballer
  • Emil May (1850–1933), German engineer
  • Ernst May (1886–1970), German architect
  • Erskine May, 1st Baron Farnborough (1815–1886), English constitutional lawyer
  • Eugen May (born 1954), German actor
  • Eva May (1902–1924), Austrian actress
  • Eva-Maria May (born 1985), German actress and singer
  • Ferdinand May (1896–1977), German dramatist and author
  • Fiona May (born 1969), Italian athlete
  • Francis Henry May (1860–1922), Hong Kong Governor
  • Frederick May (engineer), (John Frederick May, 1840–1897), Australian engineer and inventor
  • Frederick May (composer) (1911–1985), Irish composer
  • Georg Oswald May (1738–1816), German painter
  • George S. May (1890–1962), American business and pre-eminent golf promoter
  • Gisela May (born 1924), German actress
  • Graham May (died 2006), New Zealand weightlifter
  • Guido May (born 1968), German jazz musician
  • Gustave May (1881–1943), American photographer
  • Hans May (1886–1958), Austrian film music composer
  • Henriette May (1862–1928), German women's rights activist
  • Henry May (disambiguation)
  • Hugh May (1621–1684, English architect
  • Jack May (1922–1997), English actor
  • James May (born 1963), English motor journalist
  • Jan May (born 1995), German cyclist
  • Jesse May (born 1980), American poker player
  • Jodhi May (born 1975), English actress
  • Joe May (disambiguation)
  • Joe May (1880–1954), Austrian film director
  • Johann Friedrich May (1697–1762), German political scientist
  • John May (disambiguation)
  • Jon May (born 1939), American mathematician
  • Jonathan May (1958–2010), American cellist and conductor
  • Joseph May (born 1974), English actor
  • Julian May (born 1931), American science fiction author
  • Julie von May (1808–1875), Swiss feminist
  • Jürgen May (born 1942), German athlete
  • Karl May (1842–1912), German writer
  • Karl Ivanovich May (1820–1895), Russian educator, see Karl May School
  • Kenneth May (1915–1977), American mathematician
  • Lady May, American rapper
  • Larry May (born 1958), English footballer
  • Lee May (born 1943), American baseball player
  • London May (born 1967), American rock musician
  • Margaret May (born 1950), Australian politician
  • Márcio May (born 1972), Brazilian cyclist
  • Marin May (born 1977), American actress
  • Marc May (born 1956), American football player
  • Mark May (born 1959), American football player
  • Mathilda May (born 1965), French actress
  • Mia May (1884–1980), Austrian actress
  • Michaela May (born 1952), German actress
  • Michael May (racing driver) (born 1934), Swiss racing driver
  • Michael May (cricketer) (born 1971), English cricketer
  • Mike May (Colorado politician), American politician (Colorado)
  • Mike May (Iowa politician) (born 1945), American politician (Iowa)
  • Mike May (skier) (born 1954), winter Paralympics athlete
  • Milt May (born 1950), American baseball player
  • Monica May (born 1984), American actress
  • Percy May (1884–1965), English cricketer
  • Peter May (cricketer) (1929–1994), English cricketer
  • Peter May (writer) (born 1951), Scottish writer
  • Phil May (caricaturist) (1864–1903), English illustrator
  • Phil May (singer) (born 1944), English rock singer and lyricist
  • Ralphie May (born 1975), American comedian
  • Raphael Ernst May (1858–1933), German economist
  • Richard May (disambiguation)
  • Robert May (disambiguation)
  • Rollo May (1909–1994), American psychologist
  • Rüdiger May (born 1974), German boxer
  • Rudy May (born 1944), American baseball player
  • Sarah May (born 1972), English writer
  • Scott May (born 1954), American basketball player
  • Sean May (born 1984), American basketball player
  • Edward Michael May IV (born 1984), American Environmental Engineer and Scientist
  • Simon May (born 1944), English film and TV music composer
  • Søren Nielsen May (died 1679), Danish priest
  • Theresa May (born 1956), British Prime Minister
  • Tim May (born 1962), Australian cricketer
  • Timothy C. May, American engineer and writer
  • Tina May (born 1961), English jazz singer
  • Thomas May (1594/5–1650), English poet
  • Tom May (rugby union) (born 1979), English rugby player
  • Torsten May (born 1969), German boxer
  • Vladimir May-Mayevsky (1867–1920), Russian general
  • William May (theologian) (died 1560), English archbishop
  • Wop May (1896–1952), Canadian pilot
  • Zakhar May (born 1969), Russian rock musician
May (singer)

May (also known as: Mei, メイ, 메이, born May 6, 1982) is a Korean singer, well known in South Korea for singing the song "Miracle". She speaks Korean, Japanese, and English.

May was born on May 6, 1982 in Seoul, South Korea. She started her music career in South Korea in late 2005 singing "Miracle", a well known song in South Korea. Within a month she was chosen by Avex's Show Case Live because she was able to speak Japanese. By early 2006 she was signed to Avex Trax in Japan, and had a contract to publish her first EP "Wonderland" with CJ Music in South Korea, which charted at #23 in the Korean top 200 and sold 743 copies within the first week. Within 3 months, May released her second EP "Smile" with a different publisher, Doremi Media in South Korea, and it charted at #27 and sold 695 copies in the first week. By 2007, May had released her first Japanese Album "a Little Happiness" which charted at #77 on Oricon.

May (B'z song)

"May" is the twenty-eighth single by B'z, released on May 24, 2000. This song is one of B'z many number-one singles in Oricon chart, although sales were not as high as their previous single.

May (Hampshire cricketer)

May (dates unknown) was an English professional cricketer who made 4 known appearances in first-class cricket matches from 1797 to 1798.

May (noble)

May was an ancient Egyptian official during the reign of Pharaoh Akhenaten. He was Royal chancellor and fan-bearer at Akhet-Aten, the pharaoh's new capital. He was buried in Tomb EA14 in the southern group of the Amarna rock tombs.

Usage examples of "may".

The Empress might have enough support among the nobles to keep a precarious hold on her throne, but she had made no overtures to the common folk, and they were solidly opposed to the idea of an Aberrant ruler.

Empress is wooing the nobles as well as she can, by introducing them to the Aberrant child so that they may see she is not deformed or freakish.

For every hundred useless aberrations there may be one that is useful, that provides its bearer an advantage over its kin.

He may have thought I was just as involved in the plan to evacuate our people to the Abesse as Mother was.

That quest was abetted by a sympathetic schoolteacher, Rebecca, who saw in the lad a glimmering hope that occasionally there might be resurrection from a bitter life sentence in the emotionally barren and aesthetically vitiated Kentucky hamlet, and who ultimately seduced him.

They may opine that I have been an abettor of treason, that I have attempted to circumvent the ends of justice, and that I may have impersonated you in order to render possible your escape.

Had it not been for a determined English professor named Arthur Holmes, the quest might well have fallen into abeyance altogether.

We may, however, omit for the present any consideration of the particular providence, that beforehand decision which accomplishes or holds things in abeyance to some good purpose and gives or withholds in our own regard: when we have established the Universal Providence which we affirm, we can link the secondary with it.

For if so be it doth not, then may ye all abide at home, and eat of my meat, and drink of my cup, but little chided either for sloth or misdoing, even as it hath been aforetime.

I may abide here beyond the two days if the adventure befall me not ere then.

I will not wear thy soul with words about my grief and sorrow: but it is to be told that I sat now in a perilous place, and yet I might not step down from it and abide in that land, for then it was a sure thing, that some of my foes would have laid hand on me and brought me to judgment for being but myself, and I should have ended miserably.

Now he thought that he would abide their coming and see if he might join their company, since if he crossed the water he would be on the backward way: and it was but a little while ere the head of them came up over the hill, and were presently going past Ralph, who rose up to look on them, and be seen of them, but they took little heed of him.

So that meseems thou mayest abide here in a life far better than wandering amongst uncouth folk, perilous and cruel.

I will abide thee on a good horse with all that we may need for the journey: and now I ask leave.

Now Ralph, he and his, being known for friends, these wild men could not make enough of them, and as it were, compelled them to abide there three days, feasting them, and making them all the cheer they might.