[muhs-ter] /ˈmʌs tər/
verb (used with object)
to assemble (troops, a ship’s crew, etc.), as for battle, display, inspection, orders, or discharge.
to gather, summon, rouse (often followed by up):
He mustered all his courage.
verb (used without object)
to assemble for inspection, service, etc., as troops or forces.
to come together; collect; assemble; gather.
an assembling of troops or persons for formal inspection or other purposes.
an assemblage or collection.
the act of mustering.
Also called muster roll. (formerly) a list of the persons enrolled in a military or naval unit.
muster in, to enlist into service in the armed forces.
muster out, to discharge from service in the armed forces:
He will be mustered out of the army in only two more months.
to be obliged or bound to by an imperative requirement:
I must keep my word.
to be under the necessity to; need to:
Animals must eat to live.
to be required or compelled to, as by the use or threat of force:
You must obey the law.
to be compelled to in order to fulfill some need or achieve an aim:
We must hurry if we’re to arrive on time.
to be forced to, as by convention or the requirements of honesty:
I must say, that is a lovely hat.
to be or feel urged to; ought to:
I must buy that book.
to be reasonably expected to; is bound to:
It must have stopped raining by now. She must be at least 60.
to be inevitably certain to; be compelled by nature:
Everyone must die.
verb (used without object)
to be obliged; be compelled:
Do I have to go? I must, I suppose.
Archaic. (sometimes used with ellipsis of go, get, or some similar verb readily understood from the context):
We must away.
A raincoat is must clothing in this area.
something necessary, vital, or required:
This law is a must.
to call together (numbers of men) for duty, inspection, etc, or (of men) to assemble in this way
(transitive) (Austral & NZ) to round up (livestock)
(transitive) sometimes foll by up. to summon or gather: to muster one’s arguments, to muster up courage
an assembly of military personnel for duty, inspection, etc
a collection, assembly, or gathering
(Austral & NZ) the rounding up of livestock
a flock of peacocks
pass muster, to be acceptable
/mʌst; unstressed məst; məs/
verb takes an infinitive without to or an implied infinitive
used as an auxiliary to express obligation or compulsion: you must pay your dues. In this sense, must does not form a negative. If used with a negative infinitive it indicates obligatory prohibition
used as an auxiliary to indicate necessity: I must go to the bank tomorrow
used as an auxiliary to indicate the probable correctness of a statement: he must be there by now
used as an auxiliary to indicate inevitability: all good things must come to an end
(used as an auxiliary to express resolution)
(used emphatically) used as an auxiliary to express conviction or certainty on the part of the speaker: he must have reached the town by now, surely, you must be joking
(foll by away) used with an implied verb of motion to express compelling haste: I must away
an essential or necessary thing: strong shoes are a must for hill walking
mustiness or mould
the newly pressed juice of grapes or other fruit ready for fermentation
a variant spelling of musth
c.1300, “to display, reveal, appear,” from Old French mostrer “appear, show, reveal,” also in a military sense (10c., Modern French montrer), from Latin monstrare “to show,” from monstrum “omen, sign” (see monster). Meaning “to collect, assemble” is early 15c.; figurative use (of qualities, etc.) is from 1580s. To muster out “gather to be discharged from military service” is 1834, American English. To muster up in the figurative and transferred sense of “gather, summon, marshal” is from 1620s. Related: Mustered; mustering.
late 14c., “action of showing, manifestation,” from Old French mostre “illustration, proof; examination, inspection” (13c., Modern French montre), literally “that which is shown,” from mostrer (see muster (v.)). Meaning “act of gathering troops” is from c.1400. To pass musters (1570s) originally meant “to undergo military review without censure.”
Old English moste, past tense of motan “have to, be able to,” from Proto-Germanic *mot- “ability, leisure (to do something)” (cf. Old Saxon motan “to be obliged to, have to,” Old Frisian mota, Middle Low German moten, Dutch moeten, German müssen “to be obliged to,” Gothic gamotan “to have room to, to be able to”), perhaps from PIE root *med- “to measure, to take appropriate measures” (see medical (adj.)). Used as present tense from c.1300, from the custom of using past subjunctive as a moderate or polite form of the present.
“new wine,” Old English must, from Latin mustum (also source of Old High German, German most, Old French moust, Modern French moût, Spanish, Italian mosto), short for vinum mustum “fresh wine,” neuter of mustus “fresh, new, newborn,” perhaps literally “wet,” and from PIE *mus-to-, from root *meus- “damp” (see moss).
“mold,” c.1600, perhaps a back-formation of musty (q.v.).
“male elephant frenzy,” 1871, from Urdu mast “intoxicated, in rut,” from Persian mast, literally “intoxicated,” related to Sanskrit matta- “drunk, intoxicated,” past participle of madati “boils, bubbles, gets drunk,” from PIE root *mad- “wet, moist” (see mast (n.2)).
“that which has to be done, seen, or experienced,” 1892, from must (v.). As an adjective, “obligatory, indispensable,” by 1912, from the noun; must-read is from 1959.
In addition to the idiom beginning with muster
noun, U.S. History. 1. the annual day for enrollment in the militia of all able men aged 18 to 45, according to a law established in 1792 and in effect until after the Civil War.
[muhs-ter] /ˈmʌs tər/ verb (used with object) 1. to assemble (troops, a ship’s crew, etc.), as for battle, display, inspection, orders, or discharge. 2. to gather, summon, rouse (often followed by up): He mustered all his courage. verb (used without object) 3. to assemble for inspection, service, etc., as troops or forces. 4. to come […]
[muhst] /mʌst/ noun 1. a state or condition of violent, destructive frenzy occurring with the rutting season in male elephants, accompanied by the exudation of an oily substance from glands between the eyes and mouth. /mʌst/ noun 1. (often preceded by in) a state of frenzied sexual excitement in the males of certain large mammals, […]
noun 1. an essential possession: the mobile phone is now a must-have for children adjective 2. essential: a must-have fashion accessory adjective, noun needed or truly desirable; essential; also, something that is considered essential or truly desirable Examples DVD players are the must-have purchase of the Christmas season.