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Definition of MIGHT

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May \May\ (m[=a]), v. [imp. {Might} (m[imac]t)] [AS. pres. maeg 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 mought is obsolete, except as a provincial word.]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: (a) Ability, competency, or possibility; -- now oftener expressed by {can}. [1913 Webster]

               How may a man, said he, with idle speech, Be won to spoil the castle of his health!
                                                    --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

               For what he [the king] may do is of two kinds; what he may do as just, and what he may do as possible.
                                                    --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

               For of all sad words of tongue or pen The saddest are these: "It might have been."
                                                    --Whittier. [1913 Webster] (b) Liberty; permission; allowance. [1913 Webster]

               Thou mayst be no longer steward.     --Luke xvi. 2. [1913 Webster] (c) Contingency or liability; possibility or probability. [1913 Webster]

               Though what he learns he speaks, and may advance Some general maxims, or be right by chance. --Pope. [1913 Webster] (d) Modesty, courtesy, or concession, or a desire to soften a question or remark. [1913 Webster]

               How old may Phillis be, you ask.     --Prior. [1913 Webster] (e) Desire or wish, as in prayer, imprecation, benediction, and the like. "May you live happily." --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

     {May be}, & {It may be}, are used as equivalent to {possibly}, {perhaps}, {maybe}, {by chance}, {peradventure}. See 1st {Maybe}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Might \Might\ (m[imac]t),
     imp. of {May}. [AS. meahte, mihte.]
     [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Might \Might\, n. [AS. meaht, miht, from the root of magan to be able, E. may; akin to D. magt, OS. maht, G. macht, Icel. m[=a]ttr, Goth. mahts. [root]103. See {May}, v.] Force or power of any kind, whether of body or mind; energy or intensity of purpose, feeling, or action; means or resources to effect an object; strength; force; power; ability; capacity. [1913 Webster]

           What so strong,
           But wanting rest, will also want of might? --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

           Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. --Deut. vi. 5. [1913 Webster]

     {With might and main}. See under 2d {Main}.
        [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

135 Moby Thesaurus words for "might":
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