Origin of must

1
before 900; Middle English most(e), Old English mōste (past tense); cognate with German musste. See mote2

SYNONYMS FOR must

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 musted (2 of 2)

must5
[ muhst ]
/ mʌst /
Obsolete

noun

musk, especially a powder made from musk.

verb (used with object)

to powder (the hair).

Origin of must

5
1480–90; earlier moist < Middle French must, variant of musc musk
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Examples from the Web for musted

  • Shes not one of those girls who can be musted into silence when a friends reputation is at stake.

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British Dictionary definitions for musted (1 of 4)

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

Word Origin for must

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 musted (2 of 4)

must2
/ (mʌst) /

noun

mustiness or mould

Word Origin for must

C17: back formation from musty

British Dictionary definitions for musted (3 of 4)

must3
/ (mʌst) /

noun

the newly pressed juice of grapes or other fruit ready for fermentation

Word Origin for must

Old English, from Latin mustum new wine, must, from mustus (adj) newborn

British Dictionary definitions for musted (4 of 4)

must4
/ (mʌst) /

noun

a variant spelling of musth
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Idioms and Phrases with musted

must

see a must; show must go on.

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