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Origin of must

1
First recorded before 900; Middle English most(e), Old English mōste (past tense); cognate with German musste. See mote2
1. Must, ought, should express necessity or duty. Must expresses necessity or compulsion: I must attend to those patients first. Soldiers must obey orders. Ought (weaker than must ) expresses obligation, duty, desirability: You ought to tell your mother. Should expresses obligation, expectation, or probability: You are not behaving as you should. Children should be taught to speak the truth. They should arrive at one o'clock.

Definition for must (2 of 4)

must2
[ muhst ]
/ mʌst /

noun

new wine; the unfermented juice as pressed from the grape or other fruit.

Origin of must

2
First recorded before 900; Middle English, Old English, from Latin mustum, short for vīnum mustum “new wine”

Definition for must (3 of 4)

must3
[ muhst ]
/ mʌst /

noun

mold; moldiness; mustiness: a castle harboring the must of centuries.

Origin of must

3
First recorded in 1595–1605; back formation from musty1

Definition for must (4 of 4)

must4
[ muhst ]
/ mʌst /
Obsolete

noun

musk, especially a powder made from musk.

verb (used with object)

to powder (the hair).

Origin of must

4
First recorded in 1480–90; earlier moist, from Middle French must, variant of musc; see origin at musk
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British Dictionary definitions for must (1 of 5)

must1
/ (mʌst, unstressed məst, məs) /

verb (takes an infinitive without to or an implied infinitive)

noun

an essential or necessary thingstrong shoes are a must for hill walking
Old English mōste past tense of mōtan to be allowed, be obliged to; related to Old Saxon mōtan, Old High German muozan, German müssen

British Dictionary definitions for must (2 of 5)

must2
/ (mʌst) /

noun

mustiness or mould
C17: back formation from musty

British Dictionary definitions for must (3 of 5)

must3
/ (mʌst) /

noun

the newly pressed juice of grapes or other fruit ready for fermentation
Old English, from Latin mustum new wine, must, from mustus (adj) newborn

British Dictionary definitions for must (4 of 5)

must4
/ (mʌst) /

noun

a variant spelling of musth

British Dictionary definitions for must (5 of 5)

must-

combining form

indicating that something is highly recommended or desirablea must-see film; this season's must-haves
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Idioms and Phrases with must

must

see a must; show must go on.

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