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muster

noun

  1. (gathering)  a gathering of military personnel for duty
    Topic: military machine. Type of: gathering
  2. (mobilization)  a compulsory military service
    Synonyms: call-up [Britain], conscription, draft, selective service. Topic: military machine. Type...

verb

  1. (gather)  to gather or bring together
    Synonyms: come up, muster up, rally, summon. Type of: gather
  2. (call)  to call to duty, military service, jury duty, and so on
    Type of: call

Etymology summary

"to display, reveal, appear", from Old French mostrer (modern French montrer),...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

muster | muster out [sense-specific] | pass muster [sense-specific]

to call together (numbers of men) for duty, inspection, etc, or (of men) to assemble in this way | [US] See "muster in" | See "muster out" | ... (25 of 524 words, 10 definitions, 11 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Wiktionary:

muster | musters [plural] | mustered [past tense] | mustering [present participle] | rally [synonym, sense-specific]

Gathering. An assemblage or display; a gathering, collection of people or things. | [military] An assembling or review of troops, as for parade, verification of numbers, inspection, exercise, or introduction into service. | [Australia, New Zealand] A ... (35 of 251 words, 10 definitions, 8 usage examples, pronunciations)

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Oxford Dictionary:

muster | out | pass muster | muster someone in

assemble (troops), especially for inspection or in preparation for battle | (of troops) gather for inspection or in preparation for battle | [group of ... (22 of 241 words, 12 definitions, 12 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Merriam-Webster:

muster [entry 1, noun] | sample [synonym, sense-specific] | collection [synonym, sense-specific] | inventory [synonym, sense-specific] | assemblage [synonym, sense-specific] | assembly [synonym, sense-specific] | conference [synonym, sense-specific] | congregation [synonym, sense-specific] | convocation [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

a representative specimen; "sample" | an act of assembling ; specifically, formal military inspection ; critical examination ; an assembled group; ... (20 of 127 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

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muster [entry 2, verb] | mustered [past tense] | mustering [present participle] | rouse [synonym, sense-specific] | comprise [synonym, sense-specific] | congregate [synonym, sense-specific] | convene [synonym, sense-specific] | collect [synonym, sense-specific] | marshal [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

to cause to gather; "convene" ; to enroll formally [usually used with "in" or "into"] ; to call the roll of | to bring together; "collect" ; to call ... (28 of 175 words, 4 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

muster | mustered [past tense] | mustering [present participle] | musters [3rd-person singular present] | muster in | muster out

To call (troops) together, as for inspection. | To cause to come together; gather | To call forth; summon up | To assemble or gather | A gathering, ... (24 of 159 words, 11 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Random House Dictionary:

muster | muster in [sense-specific] | muster out [sense-specific] | pass muster [sense-specific] | muster roll [synonym, sense-specific]

to assemble (troops, a ship's crew, etc.), as for battle, display, inspection, orders, or discharge. | to gather, summon, rouse (often followed by ... (22 of 155 words, 11 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Wikipedia:

Muster [disambiguation]

may refer to: Muster (military), a process or event for the accounting for members in a military unit | Muster (livestock), the rounding-up of livestock | Muster (event), a competitive skills event held between fire departments | Muster (census), a... (37 of 146 words, 11 definitions)

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New World Dictionary:

muster | muster roll [sense-specific]

to assemble or summon (troops, etc.), as for inspection, roll call, or service | to put through a roll call | to gather together and display; collect; ... (25 of 112 words, 8 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

muster | mustered [past tense] | mustering [present participle] | musters [3rd-person singular present] | muster up

"muster" or "muster up": [transitive] to try to produce as much of a feeling such as enthusiasm or determination as you can | ... (22 of 79 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

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muster [countable, noun] | musters [plural] | pass muster

a group of people brought together in one place, especially soldiers | "pass muster": [negatives or questions] to reach the expected or necessary ... (22 of 58 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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Cambridge Dictionary:

muster [entry 1]

to produce or encourage especially an emotion or support (9 of 56 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

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muster [entry 2]

(especially of soldiers) to come together, especially in preparation for fighting, or to cause to do this (17 of 37 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/muster 2

muster [entry 3]

a group of people, especially soldiers, who have been brought together (11 of 16 words, pronunciations)

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Encarta Dictionary:

muster | musters [plural] | mustered [past tense] | mustering [present participle]

to summon up something such as strength or courage that will help in doing something | to bring together a group of soldiers or the members of a crew, ... (28 of 151 words, 6 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861632067​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

muster

First use: about 1300

Origin: "to display, reveal, appear", from Old French mostrer (modern French montrer), from Latin monstrare "to show", from ... (19 of 73 etymology words)

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Wiktionary:

muster | musters [plural] | mustered [past tense] | mustering [present participle]

Origin: Middle English, from Anglo-Norman mostrer, to show etc. and Middle French monstrer, moustrer (whence the noun monstre, which gave the English noun), from Latin mōnstrāre ("to show"), from monere... (29 of 31 etymology words)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

muster | mustered [past tense] | mustering [present participle] | musters [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English mustren, from Old French moustrer, from Latin mōnstrāre, to show, from mōnstrum, sign, ... (15 of 27 etymology words)

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New World Dictionary:

muster

Origin: Middle English mousteren from Old French moustrer, to exhibit, show from Medieval Latin mustrare from Latin monstrare, to ... (18 of 23 etymology words)

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Collins Dictionary:

muster

First use: 14th century

Origin: from old French moustrer, from Latin monstrāre to show, from monstrum portent, omen

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Oxford Dictionary:

muster | out

Origin: late Middle English: from Old French moustrer (verb), moustre (noun), from Latin monstrare "to show"

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Merriam-Webster:

muster [entry 1, noun]

First use: 14th century

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

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muster [entry 2, verb] | mustered [past tense] | mustering [present participle]

First use: 15th century

Origin: Middle English mustren to show, muster, from Anglo-French mustrer, monstrer, from Latin monstrare to show, from monstrum evil omen, monster

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Encarta Dictionary:

muster | musters [plural] | mustered [past tense] | mustering [present participle]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Old French moustrer "to show", moustre "showing" from Latin monstrare from monstrum "(evil) omen, sign"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861632067​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

muster | musters [plural] | mustered [past tense] | mustering [present participle]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "muster"

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Collins Dictionary:

muster

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

muster | mustered [past tense] | mustering [present participle] | musters [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "muster"

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muster [countable, noun] | musters [plural]

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

muster | mustered [past tense] | mustering [present participle] | musters [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "muster"

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muster [countable, noun] | musters [plural]

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Cambridge Dictionary:

muster [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "muster"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "muster"

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the Free Dictionary:

muster

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Google Dictionary:

muster | musters [plural] | mustered [past tense] | mustering [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "muster"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

muster

Audio: North American pronunciation of "muster"

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YourDictionary Audio:

muster

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