What does must mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. must(noun)

    a necessary or essential thing

    "seat belts are an absolute must"

  2. must(noun)

    grape juice before or during fermentation

  3. mustiness, must, moldiness(adj)

    the quality of smelling or tasting old or stale or mouldy

  4. must(a)(adj)

    highly recommended

    "a book that is must reading"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Must

    to be obliged; to be necessitated; -- expressing either physical or moral necessity; as, a man must eat for nourishment; we must submit to the laws

  2. Must

    to be morally required; to be necessary or essential to a certain quality, character, end, or result; as, he must reconsider the matter; he must have been insane

  3. Must(noun)

    the expressed juice of the grape, or other fruit, before fermentation

  4. Must(noun)


  5. Must

    to make musty; to become musty

  6. Origin: [OE. moste, a pret. generally meaning, could, was free to, pres. mot, moot, AS. mste, pret. mt, pres.; akin to D. moetan to be obliged, OS. mtan to be free, to be obliged, OHG. muozan, G. mssen to be obliged, Sw. mste must, Goth. gamtan to have place, have room, to able; of unknown origin.]


  1. Must

    Must is freshly pressed fruit juice that contains the skins, seeds, and stems of the fruit. The solid portion of the must is called pomace; it typically makes up 7%–23% of the total weight of the must. Making must is the first step in winemaking. Because of its high glucose content, typically between 10 and 15%, must is also used as a sweetener in a variety of cuisines. Unlike commercially sold grape juice, which is filtered and pasteurized, must is thick with particulate matter, opaque, and comes in various shades of brown and/or purple.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Must

    must, v.i. to be obliged physically or morally. [A.S. mót, móste; Ger. müssen.]

  2. Must

    must, n. wine pressed from the grape, but not fermented: potato-pulp prepared for fermentation. [A.S. must—L. mustus, new, fresh.]

  3. Must

    must, n. an occasional state of dangerous frenzy in adult male elephants.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'must' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #112

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'must' in Written Corpus Frequency: #200

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'must' in Verbs Frequency: #25

Anagrams for must »

  1. Tums

  2. UMTS

  3. UTMS


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of must in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of must in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. French Finance Minister Michel Sapin:

    Greece must respect European rules... be we must respect the Greek people's vote. There is a new policy and we must help Greece put this policy in place.

  2. Vince Lombardi:

    The leader can never close the gap between himself and the group. If he does, he is no longer what he must be. He must walk a tightrope between the consent he must win and the control he must exert.

  3. Deputy Prime Minister Saleh Mutlaq:

    We must get rid of the militias, and weapons must be in the hands of the state, they want to bring down... the voice of every patriot. This is a message we must understand: to take a stand against the militias and the outlaws.

  4. Ould Cheikh Ahmed:

    There must be a withdrawal, a ceasefire and an agreement on them both, the government (must) return gradually to perform its duties in infrastructure and services... it must return to Sanaa and to the big cities, that's essential.

  5. Hassan Rouhani:

    Our economy will not prosper as long as it is monopolized (by the government). The economy must be rid of monopoly and see competition, it must be freed of insider speculation, be transparent, all people must be aware of the statistics. If we can bring transparency to our economy, we can fight corruption.

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