Definition of might
past tense 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 and Etymology of might
Middle English, from Old English meahte, mihte; akin to Old High German mahta, mohta could
Definition of might
1a : 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 dialect : a great deal
Examples of might in a Sentence
an impressive display of military might
the legal might of the government
Recent Examples of might from the Web
The traditional U.S. approach to warfare — dominance achieved by mass of force produced by the nation’s industrial might — is of limited relevance.
In addition to the display of French military might, the parade will be augmented by about 150 US soldiers, airmen, sailors, and Marines, as well as American aircraft participating in the flyover.
No feat of rhetorical might can move the Rock of Gibraltar.
One difficulty was finding language experts, notably with mastery of Russian and Chinese, the languages of two countries whose increasingly central role has shaken up an old world order dominated by U.S. military might.
He was succeeded by Ronald Reagan, who did a masterly job of fusing might and right.
Alyssa Milano Chats About Her Notorious 'Charmed' Feud with Shannen Doherty Their 15-year-old drama *might* finally get resolved.
Such a gorgeous, delicate dish almost bereft of acid on its own might fall flat without the punchy Txakolina poured out of a porron to balance it out.
Investigators questioned the three young men and learned the fourth might be at a house in the 1200 block of Charlton Street in West St. Paul.
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Synonym Discussion of might
MIGHT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of might for English Language Learners
: power to do something : force or strength
MIGHT Defined for Kids
Definition of might for Students
: power that can be used (as by a person or group) our army's might I tried with all my might.
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