simple past tense of may1.
(used to express possibility): They might be at the station.
(used to express advisability): You might at least thank me.
(used in polite requests for permission): Might I speak to you for a moment?
Other definitions for might (2 of 2)
physical strength: He swung with all his might.
superior power or strength; force: the theory that might makes right.
power or ability to do or accomplish; capacity: the might of the ballot box.
- mightless, adjective
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How to use might in a sentence
Aksyonov has great fun inventing a culturally pureed lexicon for his might-have-been cosmopolitan Russians.This 1979 Novel Predicted Putin’s Invasion Of Crimea | Michael Weiss | May 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But the failed stars and might-have-beens make for even more compelling narratives.
Like all might-have-beens, this one fades away into airy speculation.
No poorest man on earth would change places with this man-that-might-have-been, for his time draws nigh and his end is perdition.Raemaekers' Cartoons | Louis Raemaekers
His dreams were ended, the "might-have-been" would never be, but he knew that there was peace in that little breast at last.The Imaginary Marriage | Henry St. John Cooper
No wonder you are feeling nervous and upset over the might-have-beens.Letty and the Twins | Helen Sherman Griffith
She commented adversely upon each play I made, and in between times lectured me upon might-have-beens.I Walked in Arden | Jack Crawford
Critics have called Keats and others who died young “the great might-have-beens of literary history.”Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens | G. K. Chesterton
British Dictionary definitions for might (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for might (2 of 2)
power, force, or vigour, esp of a great or supreme kind
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