might/may as well

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of might/may as well

1 used to say that something should be done or accepted because it cannot be avoided or because there is no good reason not to do it
  • You might as well tell them the truth.
  • We may as well begin now.
  • (informal) "Should we start now?" "Might as well."
2 used to say that something else could have been done with the same result
  • The party was so dull that I might (just) as well have stayed home.

Word by Word Definitions

might play
  1. : past tense of may

  2. used to express permission, liberty, probability, or possibility in the past

  3. used to say that something is possible

  1. : the power, authority, or resources wielded (as by an individual or group)

  2. : bodily strength

  3. : the power, energy, or intensity of which one is capable

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

well play
  1. : an issue of water from the earth : a pool fed by a spring

  2. : source, origin

  3. : a pit or hole sunk into the earth to reach a supply of water

  1. : to rise to the surface and usually flow forth

  2. : to rise like a flood of liquid

  3. : to emit in a copious free flow

  1. : in a good or proper manner : justly, rightly

  2. : satisfactorily with respect to conduct or action

  3. : in a kindly or friendly manner

  1. used to indicate resumption of discourse or to introduce a remark

  2. used to express surprise or expostulation

  1. : prosperous, well-off

  2. : being in satisfactory condition or circumstances

  3. : being in good standing or favor


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