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may /meɪ/ modal verb

Irregular Forms: (might)

امکان داشتن ، توانایی داشتن ، قادر بودن ، ممکن است ، میتوان ، شاید ، انشاءالله ، ایکاش ، جشن اول ماه مه ، (مج). بهار جوانی ، ریعان شباب ، ماه مه
May noun [uncountable and countable]
[Date: 1100-1200; Language: Old French; Origin: mai, from Latin Maius, from Maia Roman goddess]
the fifth month of the year, between April and June
next/last May
She started work here last May.
in May
The theatre opened in May.
on May 6th
We don’t have any meetings on May 6th, do we?
on 6th May British English:
An agreement was signed on 6th May 1977.
May 6 American English:
Michael’s getting married May 6.

[TahlilGaran] Dictionary of Contemporary English

I. may1 S1 W1 /meɪ/ modal verb
[Language: Old English; Origin: mæg]

1. POSSIBILITY if something may happen or may be true, there is a possibility that it will happen or be true but this is not certain Synonym : might:
I may be late, so don’t wait for me.
Some chemicals may cause environmental damage.
There may not be enough money to pay for the repairs.
Well, I may have been wrong.
They may have called while you were out.
It may be that Minoan ships were built and repaired here.
Your job may well involve some travelling (=it is fairly likely).

2. POSSIBLE TO DO SOMETHING if something may be done, completed etc in a particular way, that is how it is possible to do it Synonym : can:
The problem may be solved in a number of different ways.

a) used to say that someone is allowed to do something Synonym : can:
Thank you. You may go now.
There is a set of rules to show what members may and may not do.
You may sit down or stand, just as you wish.
No one may own more than 10% of the shares.
b) may I/we ...? spoken formal used to ask politely for permission to do something:
May I come in and wait?
May we use your office for a few minutes?

4. IN POLITE EXPRESSIONS spoken formal used to say, ask, or suggest something in a polite way:
All these things, if I may say so, are entirely irrelevant.
Who, may I ask, is Wotherspoon?
May I suggest that you consider the matter further before taking any action.

5. ALTHOUGH used to say that even though one thing is true, something else which seems very different is also true:
I may be slow, but at least I don’t make stupid mistakes.
Although this may sound like a simple process, great care is needed.
Strange as it may seem, I always felt I belonged here.

6. may as well spoken used to suggest that someone should do something, because there is no good reason to do anything else Synonym : might as well:
If there’s nothing more to do, we may as well go to bed.
You may as well tell us now – we’ll find out sooner or later.

7. may somebody/something do something formal used to express a wish or hope:
We pray for those who died – may they rest in peace.
It is a fine tradition and long may it continue!

8. PURPOSE formal used after ‘so that’ or ‘in order that’ to say that someone does something in order to make something else possible:
The hero sacrifices his life so that his friend may live.

9. be that as it may formal in spite of what you have just mentioned:
Perhaps there isn’t one single system that will work for everyone. Be that as it may, we all need order in our lives.

10. may well used to say that there is a good reason for a reaction, question, or feeling:
‘What’s all the noise?’ ‘You may well ask.’

May is not used in questions about possible events or situations. Use might instead:
Might there be problems?
may have, might have
To say that it is possible that something happened, you can use may have or might have:
She may have been executed.
He might have been misquoted.
If something was possible, but did not in fact happen, you can use might have, but not may have:
Had I been more perceptive, I might have noticed that she was not happy.

[TahlilGaran] Dictionary of Contemporary English

II. may2 noun [uncountable] British English
the white or pink flowers of the hawthorn

[TahlilGaran] Dictionary of Contemporary English

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[TahlilGaran] Collocations Dictionary

modal verb
BAD: If I hadn't seen the car coming, I may have been killed.
GOOD: If I hadn't seen the car coming, I might have been killed.

Usage Note:
To refer to something in the past that was possible but did not actually happen, use might have or could have (NOT may have ): 'If you had worked harder, you might have passed the exam.'
Compare: 'I may have left it at home - I'm not sure.'

[TahlilGaran] Dictionary of Common Errors

See: be that as it may , come what may , let the chips fall where they may

[TahlilGaran] English Idioms Dictionary

TahlilGaran Online Dictionary ver 14.0
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