May is the fifth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars and the third of seven months to have a 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 start of the summer vacation season in the United States and Canada and ends on Labor Day, the first Monday of September.
To be strong; to have power (over). 8th–17th c.
To be able; can. 8th–17th c.
To be able to go. from 9th c.
To have permission to, be allowed. Used in granting permission and in questions to make polite requests. from 9th c.
“you may smoke outside;”
“may I sit there?”
Expressing a present possibility; possibly. from 13th c.
“he may be lying;”
“Schrödinger’s cat may or may not be in the box”
Expressing a wish (with present subjunctive effect). from 16th c.
“may you win;”
“may the weather be sunny”
Used in modesty, courtesy, or concession, or to soften a question or remark.
To gather may, or flowers in general.
To celebrate May Day.
The hawthorn bush or its blossoms.
Power, strength, force or influence held by a person or group.
Physical strength or force.
“He pushed with all his might, but still it would not move.”
The ability to do something.
Used to indicate conditional or possible actions.
“I might go to the party, but I haven’t decided yet.”
Used to indicate permission in past tense.
“He asked me if he might go to the party, but I haven’t decided yet.”
Used to indicate possibility in past tense.
“I thought that I might go the next day.”
Used to indicate a desired past action that was not done.
“Hey man, you might have warned me about the thunderstorm”
“that may be true”
“he may well win”
used when admitting that something is so before making another, more important point
“they may have been old-fashioned but they were excellent teachers”
used to ask for or to give permission
“may I ask a few questions?”
“you may confirm my identity with your Case Officer, if you wish”
expressing a wish or hope
“may she rest in peace”
the fifth month of the year, in the northern hemisphere usually considered the last month of spring
“the full system was deployed last May”
“the new model makes its showroom debut in May”
one’s bloom or prime
“others murmured that their May was passing”
past of may
used in reported speech, to express possibility or permission
“he said he might be late”
expressing a possibility based on an unfulfilled condition
“we might have won if we’d played better”
expressing annoyance about something that someone has not done
“you might have told me!”
“he avoided social engagements so that he might work”
used tentatively to ask permission or to express a polite request
“might I just ask one question?”
“you might just call me Jane, if you don’t mind”
asking for information, especially condescendingly
“and who might you be?”
used to express possibility or make a suggestion
“this might be true”
“you might try pain relievers”
great and impressive power or strength, especially of a nation, large organization, or natural force
“a convincing display of military might”