- to assemble (troops, a ship's crew, etc.), as for battle, display, inspection, orders, or discharge.
- to gather, summon, rouse (often followed by up): He mustered all his courage.
- to assemble for inspection, service, etc., as troops or forces.
- to come together; collect; assemble; gather.
- an assembling of troops or persons for formal inspection or other purposes.
- an assemblage or collection.
- the act of mustering.
- Also called muster roll. (formerly) a list of the persons enrolled in a military or naval unit.
- muster in, to enlist into service in the armed forces.
- muster out, to discharge from service in the armed forces: He will be mustered out of the army in only two more months.
- pass muster,
- to pass a cursory inspection.
- to measure up to a certain standard; be adequate: Your grades don't pass muster.
Origin of muster
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Related Wordsenroll, organize, group, raise, congress, enter, rendezvous, convene, summon, collect, convoke, congregate, mobilize, assemble, rally, marshal, meet
Examples from the Web for 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
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
- to call together (numbers of men) for duty, inspection, etc, or (of men) to assemble in this way
- muster into enlist into military service
- muster outto discharge from military service
- (tr) Australian and NZ to round up (livestock)
- (tr sometimes foll by up) to summon or gatherto muster one's arguments; to muster up courage
- an assembly of military personnel for duty, inspection, etc
- a collection, assembly, or gathering
- Australian and NZ the rounding up of livestock
- a flock of peacocks
- pass muster to be acceptable
Word Origin and History for mustered
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."
Idioms and Phrases with mustered
In addition to the idiom beginning with muster
- muster in
- pass muster