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[moht] /moʊt/
verb, past moste
[mohst] /moʊst/ (Show IPA).
may or might.
Origin of mote2
before 900; Middle English mot(e), Old English mōt; cognate with German muss. See must1 Unabridged
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  • Induce your brother to get up some English affair, some moting, or meeting, or some such thing.

    The Village Notary Jzsef Etvs
  • One day he was engaged in his many brain-taxing duties, the most trying of which was keeping the motive power "moting."

    Cattle-Ranch to College Russell Doubleday
British Dictionary definitions for moting


a tiny speck
Word Origin
Old English mot; compare Middle Dutch mot grit, Norwegian mutt speck


verb (past) moste (məʊst)
(takes an infinitive without to) (archaic) may or might
Word Origin
Old English mōt, first person singular present tense of mōtan to be allowed
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Word Origin and History for moting



"particle of dust," Old English mot, of unknown origin; perhaps related to Dutch mot "dust from turf, sawdust, grit," Norwegian mutt "speck, mote, splinter, chip." Many references are to Matt. vii:3.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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moting in the Bible

(Gr. karphos, something dry, hence a particle of wood or chaff, etc.). A slight moral defect is likened to a mote (Matt. 7:3-5; Luke 6:41, 42).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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