|—vb (takes an infinitive without to |
|1.||to indicate that permission is requested by or granted to someone: he may go to the park tomorrow if he behaves himself|
|3.||to indicate ability or capacity, esp in questions: may I help you?|
|4.||to express a strong wish: long may she reign|
|5.||to indicate result or purpose: used only in clauses introduced by that or so that: he writes so that the average reader may understand|
|6.||another word for might|
|7.||to express courtesy in a question: whose child may this little girl be?|
|8.||be that as it may in spite of that: a sentence connector conceding the possible truth of a previous statement and introducing an adversative clause: be that as it may, I still think he should come|
|9.||come what may whatever happens|
|usage It was formerly considered correct to use may rather than can when referring to permission as in: you may use the laboratory for your experiments, but this use of may is now almost entirely restricted to polite questions such as: may I open the window? The use of may with if in constructions such as: your analysis may have been more more credible if … is generally regarded as incorrect, might being preferred: your analysis might have been more credible if …|
|an archaic word for maiden|
|[Old English mæg; related to Old High German māg kinsman, Old Norse māgr a relative by marriage]|
county, extreme southern New Jersey, U.S. It consists of a low-lying peninsula bordered by Delaware Bay and West Creek to the west, the Atlantic Ocean to the east, and the Tuckahoe River and Great Egg Harbor to the north. Offshore sandbars along the eastern coast create numerous bay inlets including Ludlam Bay and Great, Grassy, Jarvis, and Jenkins sounds. Recreational areas include Belleplain Forest, Cape May Point and Corson's Inlet state parks, and many beaches. There are pine and oak forests.
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