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muster

noun mus·ter \ ˈməs-tər \
Updated on: 4 Dec 2017

Definition of muster

1 : a representative specimen (see specimen 1) : sample
  • musters of goods for sale
2 a : an act of assembling; specifically : formal military inspection
  • Call out the troops to stand muster.
b : critical examination
  • slipshod work that would never pass muster
c : an assembled group : collection
  • a muster of biographical facts
  • Time
d : inventory
  • were sent … to take the musters of this expedition
  • —G. R. Elton

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”

Recent Examples of muster from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of muster

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


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muster

verb

Definition of muster

mustered; mustering play \-t(ə-)riŋ\
transitive verb
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
2 a : to bring together : collect
b : to call forth : rouse
3 : to amount to : comprise
intransitive verb
: 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

Recent Examples of muster from the Web

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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

muster Synonyms

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 English Language Learners

muster

noun

Definition of muster for English Language Learners

  • : a formal military gathering to examine or test soldiers


muster

verb

Definition of muster for English Language Learners

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

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


MUSTER Defined for Kids

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muster

noun mus·ter \ ˈmə-stər \

Definition of muster for Students

1 : a formal gathering of military troops for inspection
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

verb

Definition of muster for Students

mustered; mustering
1 : to call together (as troops) for roll call or inspection
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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