may /ˈmeɪ/ verb
Learner's definition of MAY
[modal verb]
used to indicate that something is possible or probable
used to say that one thing is true but something else is also true
formal used to indicate that something is allowed
compare can 4b
formal used to ask a question or make a request in a polite way
compare can 4a
formal used to express a wish
formal used to make a polite suggestion
formal used in various polite expressions with I
formal + old-fashioned used to indicate the reason for something or the purpose of something

be that as it may

used to introduce a statement that is somehow different from what has just been said
see also come what may at 1come
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