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Meaning of MAY

Pronunciation:  mey, mey

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  thorny Eurasian shrub of small tree having dense clusters of white to scarlet flowers followed by deep red berries; established as an escape in eastern North America
  2. [n]  the month following April and preceding June
  3. [v]  expresses permission; "You may leave now"; "Can I have another piece of cake?"
  4. [v]  get to or be allowed to do something; "May I go to the movies tonight?"; "Can I have some ice cream?"; "We got to play video games all day long"

MAY is a 3 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: can, Crataegus laevigata, Crataegus oxycantha, English hawthorn, get, might, whitethorn
 Antonyms: may not, must not
 See Also: Armed Forces Day, Commonwealth Day, Crataegus, Decoration Day, Empire day, First of May, genus Crataegus, Gregorian calendar, Gregorian calendar month, haw, hawthorn, May 1, May 24, May Day, Memorial Day, mid-May, Mother's Day, New Style, spring, springtime



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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 mought is obsolete,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}.
  2. \May\, n. [Cf. Icel. m[ae]r, Goth. mawi; akin to E. maiden.
    A maiden. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
  3. \May\, n. [F. Mai, L. Maius; so named in honor of the
    goddess Maia (Gr. ?), 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. --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.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming of the month of May means prosperity and times of pleasure.