might

1
[ mahyt ]
/ maɪt /

auxiliary verb

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?

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Definition for might (2 of 2)

might2
[ mahyt ]
/ maɪt /

noun

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.

Origin of might

2
before 900; Middle English myghte,Old English miht, meaht; cognate with German macht,Gothic mahts; akin to may1

synonym study for might

1-3. See strength.

OTHER WORDS FROM might

mightless, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for might (1 of 2)

might1
/ (maɪt) /

verb

making the past tense or subjunctive mood of may 1 he might have come last night
(often foll by well) expressing theoretical possibility: he might well come . In this sense might looks to the future and functions as a weak form of maySee may 1 (def. 2)

Word Origin for might

OE miht

undefined might

See may 1

British Dictionary definitions for might (2 of 2)

might2
/ (maɪt) /

noun

power, force, or vigour, esp of a great or supreme kind
physical strength
(with) might and main See main 1 (def. 8)

Word Origin for might

Old English miht; compare Old High German maht, Dutch macht
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