might

4 ENTRIES FOUND:

1might

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

2might

noun

: power to do something : force or strength

Full Definition of MIGHT

1
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>
2
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

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: mightily
Previous Word in the Dictionary: miff (verb)
All Words Near: might

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up might? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More