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might

modal verb uk   /maɪt/ us  

might modal verb (MAY)

past simple of the verb may, used especially when reporting what someone has said, thought, asked, etc.: I brought him some sandwiches because I thought he might be hungry. Very politely the little boy asked if he might have another piece of cake (= he said "May I have another piece of cake, please?").
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might modal verb (POSSIBILITY)

A2 used to express the possibility that something will happen or be done, or that something is true although not very likely: I might come and visit you next year, if I can save enough money. Don't go any closer - it might be dangerous/it might not be safe. Driving so fast, he might have had a nasty accident (= it could have happened but it did not). The rain might have stopped by now.
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might modal verb (PERMISSION)

mainly UK formal US old-fashioned used as a more polite form of may when asking for permission: Might I ask a question? I wonder if I might have a quick look at your newspaper?
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might modal verb (SUGGESTION)

C1 used to make a suggestion or suggest a possibility in a polite way: You might try a little more basil in the sauce next time. I thought you might want to join me for dinner.
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might modal verb (SHOULD)

used to suggest, especially angrily, what someone should do to be pleasant, correct, polite, etc.: You might at least try to look like you're enjoying yourself! "I asked my boss over for dinner tonight." "Well, you might have asked me first!"

might modal verb (INTRODUCE)

( also may) used to introduce a statement that is very different from the statement you really want to make, in order to compare the two: The amount you save might be small, but it's still worth doing.

might

noun [U] uk   /maɪt/ us  
power, strength, or force: Pizarro defeated the might of the Inca Empire with only a few hundred men. She struggled with all her might to get free.
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