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might

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auxiliary verb \ˈmīt\

Definition of might

  1. past tense of may

  1. —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


First Known Use: before 12th century


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might

noun

Definition of might

  1. 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. 2 dialect :  a great deal

Examples of might in a sentence

  1. an impressive display of military might

  2. the legal might of the government

Origin and Etymology 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

Synonym Discussion of might

power, force, energy, strength, might mean the ability to exert effort. power may imply latent or exerted physical, mental, or spiritual ability to act or be acted upon. the awesome power of flowing water force implies the actual effective exercise of power. used enough force to push the door open energy applies to power expended or capable of being transformed into work. a worker with boundless energy strength applies to the quality or property of a person or thing that makes possible the exertion of force or the withstanding of strain, pressure, or attack. use weight training to build your strength might implies great or overwhelming power or strength. the belief that might makes right

MIGHT Defined for English Language Learners


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might

noun

Definition of might for English Language Learners

  • : power to do something : force or strength


MIGHT Defined for Kids

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might

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\ˈmīt\

Definition of might for Students

  1. past of may

  1. —used as a helping verb to show that something is possible but not likely We might arrive before it rains.


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might

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noun

Definition of might for Students

  1. :  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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