Translation of "may" - English-Russian dictionary


modal verb uk /meɪ/ us

B1 used to talk about what is possibly true or will possibly happen

может быть
There may be other problems that we don't know about.
I think I may have a cold.

B1 used to ask or give permission

May I be excused, please?
You may begin.
may (well) ... but

used to show that the first thing you say is not important when compared to another fact

может быть и …, но
It may be cheap but it's not very good.

(Translation of “may modal verb” from the Cambridge English–Russian Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)