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English definition of “may”

may

  /meɪ/ verb
A2 used to talk about what is possibly true or will possibly happen: There may be other problems that we don’t know about. I think I may have a cold.
B1 formal used when you ask if you can do something or say that someone can do something: May I be excused, please? You may begin.
(Definition of may verb from the Cambridge Essential Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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