verbal auxiliary \ˈmīt\

Definition of MIGHT

past of may
—used in auxiliary function to express permission, liberty, probability, possibility in the past <the president might do nothing without the board's consent> or a present condition contrary to fact <if you were older you might understand> or less probability or possibility than may <might get there before it rains> or as a polite alternative to may <might I ask who is calling> or to ought or should <you might at least apologize>

Origin of MIGHT

Middle English, from Old English meahte, mihte; akin to Old High German mahta, mohta could
First Known Use: before 12th century



: power to do something : force or strength

Full Definition of MIGHT

a :  the power, authority, or resources wielded (as by an individual or group)
b (1) :  bodily strength
(2) :  the power, energy, or intensity of which one is capable <striving with might and main>
dial :  a great deal

Examples of MIGHT

  1. an impressive display of military might
  2. the legal might of the government

Origin of MIGHT

Middle English, from Old English miht; akin to Old High German maht might, magan to be able — more at may
First Known Use: before 12th century


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