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noun mus·ter \ˈməs-tər\

Simple Definition of muster

  • : a formal military gathering to examine or test soldiers

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

  1. <a muster of concerned citizens>

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

Origin of muster

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

First Known Use: 14th century



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

Full Definition of muster

mus·teredmus·ter·ing 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

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

  2. <a command to muster the troops>

Origin 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>.

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