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English definition of “might”

might

 /mɑɪt/ us  

might (MAY)

past simple of may

might

modal verb  /mɑɪt/ (present tense might) us  

might modal verb (POSSIBILITY)

used to express the possibility that something will happen or be done or is true, although it may not be very likely: We might come visit you in Atlanta in the spring. He’s very fast and he might even finish in the top three. The Beach Boys might well have been the most talented act to perform at the Monterey Pop Festival.

might modal verb (SUGGESTION)

used to make a suggestion or suggest a possibility in a polite way: I thought you might like to join me for dinner.

might modal verb (SHOULD)

used to suggest, esp. angrily, what someone should do to be pleasant or polite: You might at least try to look like you’re enjoying yourself!

might

noun [U]  /mɑɪt/ us  

might noun [U] (POWER)

power, strength, or force: She struggled with all her might to lift the rock.
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