verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- to pass a cursory inspection.
- to measure up to a certain standard; be adequate: Your grades don't pass muster.
Origin of muster
Synonyms for muster
Antonyms for muster
Related Words for musteredenroll, organize, group, raise, congress, enter, rendezvous, convene, summon, collect, convoke, congregate, mobilize, assemble, rally, marshal, meet
Examples from the Web for mustered
Contemporary Examples of mustered
No major figure from either party has mustered such seemingly obvious denouncement.Yes, ‘Aspergery’ Is a Slur and It's Time to Stop Using It
October 30, 2014
Although they mustered 250 volunteers in 84 counties, thousands of bodies in all 99 counties are needed for success in 2016.Hillary Deploys Iowa Army
March 16, 2014
Arguments can be mustered from the evidence to support all kinds of theories about his identity and true nature.Who Was Jesus, Anyway?
December 1, 2013
Al-Sharif urged Aisha to get herself a car, and she mustered up the courage to have someone buy her one with darkly smoked glass.Egypt’s Game Changers: Samira Ibrahim and the Women Who Speak Up About Sexual Violence
January 22, 2012
It opened last fall to some of the best reviews of the year, yet mustered only $469,947 in limited release.Why Does Hollywood Hate Gay Sex?
January 4, 2012
Historical Examples of mustered
Going to his castle of Lochmaben, he mustered his adherents.Cameos from English History, from Rollo to Edward II
Charlotte Mary Yonge
"This one's been locked out," he said to himself as he mustered Woburn.The Greater Inclination
We mustered about fifty in all; but there was not a flincher among us.
Its author had not yet mustered sufficient courage to return to it.Cap'n Warren's Wards
Joseph C. Lincoln
She did not answer and he mustered courage to turn and look at her.Fair Harbor
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
- muster into enlist into military service
- muster outto discharge from military service
Word Origin for muster
c.1300, "to display, reveal, appear," from Old French mostrer "appear, show, reveal," also in a military sense (10c., Modern French montrer), from Latin monstrare "to show," from monstrum "omen, sign" (see monster). Meaning "to collect, assemble" is early 15c.; figurative use (of qualities, etc.) is from 1580s. To muster out "gather to be discharged from military service" is 1834, American English. To muster up in the figurative and transferred sense of "gather, summon, marshal" is from 1620s. Related: Mustered; mustering.
late 14c., "action of showing, manifestation," from Old French mostre "illustration, proof; examination, inspection" (13c., Modern French montre), literally "that which is shown," from mostrer (see muster (v.)). Meaning "act of gathering troops" is from c.1400. To pass musters (1570s) originally meant "to undergo military review without censure."
In addition to the idiom beginning with muster
- muster in
- pass muster