mus·​ter | \ ˈmə-stər How to pronounce muster (audio) \

Definition of muster

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a representative specimen (see specimen sense 1) : sample musters of goods for sale
2a : 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 expedition— G. R. Elton


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

Definition of muster (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : 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
2a : to bring together : collect
b : to call forth : rouse
3 : to amount to : comprise

intransitive verb

: to come together : congregate

Synonyms & Antonyms for muster

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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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 After that, the deal would still need to pass muster with federal regulators. Michael E. Kanell, ajc, 6 May 2022 Those plans must pass muster with the City Council and the Illinois Gaming Board and face significant neighborhood resistance. Robert Channick, Chicago Tribune, 6 May 2022 If the federal mandate passes legal muster, companies and unions will have to grapple with which vaccine-reluctant employees to fire and which are granted some kind of exemption or potentially subjected to frequent testing instead. Chase Difeliciantonio, San Francisco Chronicle, 17 Oct. 2021 Any future redevelopment will have to pass muster with the West End Civic Association, a neighborhood association often vocal about projects proposed for the area. Kenneth R. Gosselin, Hartford Courant, 1 May 2022 Then, the original plans didn’t pass muster with the Design and Construction Review Board. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 23 Apr. 2022 But two rules that won tentative approval in March failed to pass muster on Wednesday. Susannah Bryan,, 6 Apr. 2022 The White House might have used the budget to unveil just such a proposal, detailing a more limited agenda reflective of what could potentially pass muster with Manchin and other moderate Democrats. Justin Sink,, 26 Mar. 2022 Delaware District Court Judge Richard Andrews dismissed the lawsuit because the specifics in many of its allegations failed to pass legal muster. Mike Freeman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Saturday’s rallies came three days after the U.S. Senate was unable to muster enough votes to codify Roe v. Wade. Lauren Wethington, Detroit Free Press, 14 May 2022 Unable to muster sufficient Republican support, the Senate failed to advance a measure containing two voting rights bills, the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. Grace Segers, The New Republic, 20 Jan. 2022 The law has been in effect since Sept. 1 and the court has been unable to muster five votes to stop it, said Mary Ziegler, a legal historian at Florida State University's law school. Mark Sherman, Chron, 19 Nov. 2021 Investors have regained a bit of ground in October, but the market has been unable to muster any real momentum. New York Times, 13 Oct. 2021 And few in Kyiv discount another attempt on the capital, should the Russian Army muster the strength. New York Times, 2 May 2022 After losing at least 39 helicopters in Ukraine, Russia can only muster 15 helicopters for parade duty, down from 23 in 2021. Craig Hooper, Forbes, 2 May 2022 From there, the Celtics just couldn’t muster up enough firepower – nor make enough stops – to mount a legitimate comeback. Jim Owczarski, USA TODAY, 1 May 2022 The country can muster a wartime force of 280,000 troops, as well as about 900,000 reservists. Emily Rauhala, Anchorage Daily News, 1 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of muster


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


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

History and Etymology for muster


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


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

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“Muster.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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mus·​ter | \ ˈmə-stər How to pronounce muster (audio) \

Kids Definition of muster

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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.


mustered; mustering

Kids Definition of muster (Entry 2 of 2)

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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