may modal verb Meaning in Cambridge American English Dictionary
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maymodal verb

 us   /meɪ/ (present tense may, past tense might  /mɑɪt/ )

may modal verb (POSSIBILITY)

used to express possibility: She said she may decide to accept the job offer and may not.

may modal verb (PERMISSION)

used to ask or give permission: May I use your telephone?

may modal verb (SUGGESTION)

used to make a suggestion or suggest a possibility in a polite way: You may want to have a bite to eat before you leave.
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