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may·est(mā′ĭst) or mayst (māst)
Second person singular present tense of may1.
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a variant of mayst
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auxiliary v., pres. may;
1. (used to express possibility): It may rain. You may have been right.
2. (used to express opportunity or permission): You may enter.
3. (used to express contingency, esp. in clauses indicating condition, concession, purpose, result, etc.): strange as it may seem; Let us concur so that we may live in peace.
4. (used to express wish or prayer): Long may you live!
5. Archaic. (used to express ability or power.)Idioms:
be that as it may, whether or not that is true.
[before 900; Middle English mai 1st and 3rd pers. singular present indic. of mouen, Old English mæg (infinitive magan), c. Old Frisian mei, Old Saxon, Old High German, Gothic mag, Old Norse mā; compare main, might2]
usage: See can1.
1. the fifth month of the year, containing 31 days.
2. (often l.c.) the early flourishing part of life; prime.
3. the festive activities of May Day.v.i.
4. (l.c.) to gather flowers in May.
[before 1050; Middle English, Old English Maius < Latin, short for Māius mēnsis]
Cape, a cape at the SE tip of New Jersey, on Delaware Bay.
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