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part of speech: auxiliary verb
definition 1: used to express the possibility of something happening or being true.
It might get cold at night, so bring some warm clothes.She might go on to graduate school after college, but her plans aren't firm yet.He might be a nicer person than you think he is.The scissors might be in the top drawer--did you look there?He might not agree to your plan, so you'd better think of an alternative.I might not go to work tomorrow--I'm getting a sore throat.The police are not sure yet, but the kidnapper might have been watching the child for weeks.I'm a little worried because I might have left the stove on at my house.I don't know where she is, but she might have gone to her sister's, I suppose.
definition 2: used to indicate what would be a possibility or would have been a possibility under a certain unreal condition (followed by "have" plus a past participle when referring to a possible action or state in the past).
If I were you, I might consider joining the Army.If we had gone to the same school, we might have been friends.If you had lived during the Great Depression, you might be more careful now about how you spend your money.
definition 3: used as a past form of "may," indicating permission or possibility, after verbs in the past tense that report speech or thoughts.
She told the children they might play outside a little longer.He said he might go to Boston instead of New York.
definition 4: be allowed to (used only in the interrogative).
Might I offer you some assistance?Might we dance together one last time?
definition 5: used to concede that something is true or is possibly true.
I might be getting old, but I can still do this job better than these young guys.Our apartment might be small, but it suits our needs perfectly.