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may

modal verb uk   /meɪ/ us  

may modal verb (POSSIBILITY)

A2 used to express possibility: There may be other problems that we don't know about. I may see you tomorrow before I leave. The cause of the accident may never be discovered. The explosion may have been caused by a faulty electrical connection. We'd better not interfere - she may not like it. There may be some evidence to suggest she's guilty, but it's hardly conclusive. AchievablePossible and probable

may modal verb (PERMISSION)

B1 formal used to ask or give permission: A reader may borrow up to six books at any one time. "May I help myself to some more food?" "Yes, of course." Hi, my name's Tiffany. How may I help you? Allowing and permittingPolite expressions

may modal verb (WISH)

formal used to introduce a wish or a hope: May you have a long and fruitful marriage.Wanting thingsHoping and hopefulness

may

noun [U] uk   /meɪ/ (also may blossom) us  
the flowers of the hawthorn treeFlowers and flowering plantsFlowers - general wordsFlowers - general wordsFlowers and flowering plants
(Definition of may modal verb, noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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