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may 1 (mā)
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aux.v. Past tense might (mīt)
1. To be allowed or permitted to: May I take a swim? Yes, you may.
2. Used to express possibility or probability: It may rain this afternoon. See Usage Note at might2.
3. Used to express a desire or fervent wish: Long may he live!
4. Used to express contingency, purpose, or result in clauses introduced by that or so that: expressing ideas so that the average person may understand.
5. To be obliged, as where rules of construction or legal doctrine call for a specified interpretation of a word used in a law or legal document. See Usage Note at can1.

[Middle English mai, am able, is able (first and third person sing. of mowe, to be able), from Old English mæg, first and third person sing. of magan, to be strong, be able; see magh- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]

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may 2 (mā)
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n.
Chiefly British
A hawthorn or its blossoms.

[French mai, hawthorn, from Mai, May (so called because it blooms in May); see MAY.]

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May (mā)
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n.
1. The fifth month of the year in the Gregorian calendar. See Table at calendar.
2. The springtime of life; youth.
3. The celebration of May Day.

[Middle English, from Old French mai, May, and Latin Māius (mēnsis), (the month) of Maia (Old French, from Latin), from Māia, an Italic goddess; see meg- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]

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May, Theresa Mary Born 1956.
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British politician who was appointed prime minister in 2016.

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May, Cape
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A peninsula of southern New Jersey between the Atlantic Ocean and Delaware Bay. The southern tip forms Cape May Point.

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