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"might" in British English

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mightmodal verb

uk   /maɪt/  us   /maɪt/
  • 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 (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!"

mightnoun [U]

uk   /maɪt/  us   /maɪt/
(Definition of might from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"might" in American English

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might

 us   /mɑɪt/
  • might (MAY)

past simple of may

mightmodal verb

 us   /mɑɪt/ (present tense might)
  • 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!

mightnoun [U]

 us   /mɑɪt/
  • might noun [U] (POWER)

power, strength, or force: She struggled with all her might to lift the rock.
(Definition of might from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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