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mote

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verbal auxiliary \ˈmōt\

Definition of mote

archaic

  1. :  may, might



Origin of mote

Middle English, from Old English mōtan to be allowed to — more at must


First Known Use: before 12th century


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mote

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noun \ˈmōt\

Simple Definition of mote

  • : a very small piece of dust, dirt, etc.

Full Definition of mote

  1. :  a small particle :  speck

Examples of mote

  1. <there's not a mote of dirt in that woman's house>



Origin of mote

Middle English mot, from Old English; akin to Middle Dutch & Frisian mot sand


First Known Use: before 12th century



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