muster

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noun

mus·​ter ˈmə-stər How to pronounce muster (audio)
1
: a representative specimen (see specimen sense 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 factsTime
d
: inventory
were sent … to take the musters of this expeditionG. R. Elton

muster

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verb

mustered; mustering ˈmə-st(ə-)riŋ How to pronounce muster (audio)

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
Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of muster in a Sentence

Noun a muster of concerned citizens considering the muster of suggestions that were submitted for “word of the year” Verb They pushed the car with all the strength they could muster. a command to muster the troops
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Not even Martha Stewart, whose summer home in Maine apparently did not pass muster with Instagram commenters, is immune. Kathleen Walsh, Glamour, 5 July 2024 That design took off with the brick community and eventually passed muster with Lego. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 July 2024
Verb
Fatou recalled mustering the energy to sit up in bed to make sure her point was clear. Rachel Chason, Washington Post, 14 July 2024 But advances in movie imaging tech allow Chung to muster a measure of Spielbergian wonder that was missing from de Bont’s film. David Ehrlich, IndieWire, 10 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for muster 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

Verb

Middle English mustren to show, muster, from Anglo-French mustrer, monstrer, from Latin monstrare to show, from monstrum evil omen, monster — more at monster entry 1

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of muster was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Muster.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/muster. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

muster

1 of 2 verb
mus·​ter ˈməs-tər How to pronounce muster (audio)
mustered; mustering
-t(ə-)riŋ
1
a
: to enroll formally
was mustered into the army
b
: to assemble (as troops) for roll call or inspection
2
: to stir up or bring to action
all the strength I could muster

muster

2 of 2 noun
1
a
: an act of assembling
especially : a formal military inspection or drill
b
: an assembled group : collection
2
: critical examination
work that did not pass muster

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