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  Dictionary Definition of may

may [1]
verb, pres. 1 may, 2 ( Archaic ) mayest or mayst, 3 may, plural may ; p.t. might.
used as an auxiliary to express: a. possibility, opportunity, or permission: you may enter. b. wish or prayer: may you live long. c. contingency, especially in clauses expressing condition, concession, purpose, result, etc. d. Archaic. ability or power (more commonly can ).
[OE mg, 1st and 3rd person sing. pres. ind. of magan, c. G mgen ]
May [1]
noun
1. Hugh, 1622--84, English architect.
2. Phil ( ip ) William, 1864--1903, English artist and cartoonist in Australia.