come what may

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of come what may

: regardless of what happens
  • He promised to support her, come what may.

Word by Word Definitions

what play
  1. used as an interrogative expressing inquiry about the identity, nature, or value of an object or matter

  2. often used to ask for repetition of an utterance or part of an utterance not properly heard or understood

  3. : who

  1. : why

  2. : in what respect : how

  1. used as an interrogative expressing inquiry about the identity, nature, or value of a person, object, or matter

  2. : how remarkable or striking for good or bad qualities

  3. : whatever

may play
  1. : have the ability to

  2. : have permission to : be free to

  3. used in auxiliary function to express a wish or desire especially in prayer, imprecation, or benediction

  1. : maiden

  1. : the fifth month of the Gregorian calendar

  2. : the early vigorous blooming part of human life : prime

  3. : the festivities of May Day


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