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muster

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noun mus·ter \ˈməs-tər\

Simple Definition of muster

  • : a formal military gathering to examine or test soldiers

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of muster

  1. 1 :  a representative specimen :  sample

  2. 2 a :  an act of assembling; specifically :  formal military inspection b :  critical examination c :  an assembled group :  collection d :  inventory

Examples of muster in a sentence

  1. <a muster of concerned citizens>

  2. <considering the muster of suggestions that were submitted for word of the year>



Origin and Etymology of muster

Middle English mustre, from Anglo-French mostre, monstre, from mustrer


First Known Use: 14th century


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muster

verb mus·ter

Simple Definition of muster

  • : to work hard to find or get (courage, support, etc.)

  • : to gather together (a group of people, soldiers, etc.) especially for battle or war

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of muster

mustered

mustering

play \-t(ə-)riŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to cause to gather :  convene b :  to enroll formally —usually used with in or into <was mustered into the army> c :  to call the roll of

  3. 2 a :  to bring together :  collect b :  to call forth :  rouse

  4. 3 :  to amount to :  comprise

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to come together :  congregate

Examples of muster in a sentence

  1. They pushed the car with all the strength they could muster.

  2. <a command to muster the troops>



Origin and Etymology of muster

Middle English mustren to show, muster, from Anglo-French mustrer, monstrer, from Latin monstrare to show, from monstrum evil omen, monster — more at monster


First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of muster

summon, call, cite, convoke, convene, muster mean to demand the presence of. summon implies the exercise of authority <was summoned to answer charges>. call may be used less formally for summon <called the legislature into special session>. cite implies a summoning to court usually to answer a charge <cited for drunken driving>. convoke implies a summons to assemble for deliberative or legislative purposes <convoked a Vatican council>. convene is somewhat less formal than convoke <convened the students>. muster suggests a calling up of a number of things that form a group in order that they may be exhibited, displayed, or utilized as a whole <mustered the troops>.


MUSTER Defined for Kids

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muster

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noun mus·ter \ˈmə-stər\

Definition of muster for Students

  1. 1 :  a formal gathering of military troops for inspection

  2. 2 :  an act of careful examination or consideration to determine whether something is acceptable or good enough <Your excuses will not pass muster.>




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muster

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verb mus·ter

Definition of muster for Students

mustered

mustering

  1. 1 :  to call together (as troops) for roll call or inspection

  2. 2 :  to bring into being or action <I shall await your arrival with all the eagerness I can muster. — E. B. White, Stuart Little>





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