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might2

[mahyt] /maɪt/
noun
1.
physical strength:
He swung with all his might.
2.
superior power or strength; force:
the theory that might makes right.
3.
power or ability to do or accomplish; capacity:
the might of the ballot box.
Idioms
4.
with might and main, with all the vigor, force, or energy at one's command:
They pulled with might and main.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English myghte, Old English miht, meaht; cognate with German macht, Gothic mahts; akin to may1
Related forms
mightless, adjective
Synonyms
1–3. See strength.
Antonyms
1–3. weakness.
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British Dictionary definitions for with might main

might1

/maɪt/
verb
1.
making the past tense or subjunctive mood of may1 he might have come last night
2.
(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 may See may1 (sense 2)
Word Origin
OE miht

might2

/maɪt/
noun
1.
power, force, or vigour, esp of a great or supreme kind
2.
physical strength
3.
(with) might and main, See main1 (sense 8)
Word Origin
Old English miht; compare Old High German maht, Dutch macht
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Word Origin and History for with might main

might

v.

Old English mihte, meahte, originally the past tense of may (Old English magen "to be able"), thus "*may-ed." See may (v.). The first record of might-have-been is from 1848.

n.

Old English miht, earlier mæht "might, bodily strength, power, authority, ability," from Proto-Germanic *makhti- (cf. Old Norse mattr, Old Frisian, Middle Dutch, Dutch macht, Old High German maht, German Macht, Gothic mahts), Germanic suffixed form of PIE root *magh- (1) "be able, have power" (see may (v.)).

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