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may·est

 (mā′ĭst) or mayst (māst)
aux.v. Archaic
Second person singular present tense of may1.

mayest

(ˈmeɪɪst)
vb
a variant of mayst

may

(meɪ)

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.

May

(meɪ)

n.
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]

May

(meɪ)

n.
Cape, a cape at the SE tip of New Jersey, on Delaware Bay.
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The Bowman immediately shot out an arrow and said to the Lion: "I send thee my messenger, that from him thou mayest learn what I myself shall be when I assail thee." The wounded Lion rushed away in great fear, and when a Fox who had seen it all happen told him to be of good courage and not to back off at the first attack he replied: "You counsel me in vain; for if he sends so fearful a messenger, how shall I abide the attack of the man himself?'
Thou mayest cover up thy secret from the prying multitude.
Sell all thou hast, and give it to the poor, and follow me: but, sell not all thou hast, except thou come and follow me; that is, except thou have a vocation, wherein thou mayest do as much good, with little means as with great; for otherwise, in feeding the streams, thou driest the fountain.
To many a one mayest thou not give thy hand, but only thy paw; and I wish thy paw also to have claws.
Yet is it possible, my friend, that thou mayest have seen all these without being able to form an exact idea of Sophia; for she did not exactly resemble any of them.
Therefore to yon goddesses, I turn, adjure them and invoke their aid To champion my cause, that thou mayest learn What is the breed of men who guard this State.
THESEUS Show us the trail, and I'll attend thee too, That, if thou hast the maidens hereabouts, Thou mayest thyself discover them to me; But if thy guards outstrip us with their spoil, We may draw rein; for others speed, from whom They will not 'scape to thank the gods at home.
And if I still feel the smart of my crushed leg, though it be now so long dissolved; then, why mayest not thou, carpenter, feel the fiery pains of hell for ever, and without a body?
Thus did the valiant Don Quixote right that wrong, and, thoroughly satisfied with what had taken place, as he considered he had made a very happy and noble beginning with his knighthood, he took the road towards his village in perfect self-content, saying in a low voice, "Well mayest thou this day call thyself fortunate above all on earth, O Dulcinea del Toboso, fairest of the fair!
14 But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it.
'...that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.' 1 Timothy 3:14-16
To thy heart and mind, that thou mayest admonish (2:193 and 194)'.