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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The power, force, or influence held by a person or group.
  • n. Physical strength.
  • n. Strength or ability to do something. See Synonyms at strength. See Regional Note at powerful.
  • auxiliary v. Used to indicate a condition or state contrary to fact: She might help if she knew the truth.
  • auxiliary v. Used to indicate a possibility or probability that is weaker than may: We might discover a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
  • auxiliary v. Used to express possibility or probability or permission in the past: She told him yesterday he might not go on the trip.
  • auxiliary v. Used to express a higher degree of deference or politeness than may, ought, or should: Might I express my opinion?

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Power, strength, force or influence held by a person or group.
  • n. Physical strength.
  • n. The ability to do something.
  • adj. Mighty; powerful; possible.
  • v. Used to indicate conditional or possible actions.
  • v. Simple past of may. Used to indicate permission in past tense.
  • v. Simple past of may. Used to indicate possibility in past tense.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • imp. of may.
  • n. Force or power of any kind, whether of body or mind; energy or intensity of purpose, feeling, or action; means or resources to effect an object; strength; force; power; ability; capacity.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The quality of being able; ability to do or act; power; active personal force or strength, physical or mental: as, a man of might; the might of intellect.
  • n. Power of control or compulsion; ability to wield or direct force; commanding strength: as, the might of empire.
  • n. Physical force; material energy.
  • n. Preterit of may.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. physical strength

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English meaht, miht; see magh- in Indo-European roots.
Middle English, from Old English meahte, mihte, first and third person sing. past tense of magan, to be able; see may1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English might, myghte, (also maught, macht, maht), from Old English miht, mieht, meaht, mæht ("might, bodily strength, power, authority, ability, virtue, mighty work, miracle, angel"), from Proto-Germanic *mahtiz, *mahtuz (“might, power”), from Proto-Indo-European *mógʰtis, *magʰ- (“to allow, be able, help”), corresponding to Germanic *maganą + *-þiz. Cognate with Scots micht, maucht ("might"), North Frisian macht ("might, ability"), West Frisian macht ("might, ability"), Dutch macht ("might, power"), German Macht ("power, might"), Swedish makt ("might"), Icelandic máttur ("might"). (Wiktionary)
From Old English meahte, from magan, whence English may. (Wiktionary)

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