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Princeton's WordNet

  1. mustnoun

    a necessary or essential thing

    "seat belts are an absolute must"

  2. mustnoun

    grape juice before or during fermentation

  3. mustiness, must, moldinessadjective

    the quality of smelling or tasting old or stale or mouldy

  4. must(a)adjective

    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

    Etymology: [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.]

  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

    Etymology: [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.]

  3. Mustnoun

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

    Etymology: [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.]

  4. Mustnoun

    mustiness

    Etymology: [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.]

  5. Must

    to make musty; to become musty

    Etymology: [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.]

Freebase

  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.

Editors Contribution

  1. must

    To act ethically and morally.

    We know our unity is working and we must and choose to work together for the optimum health and shared prosperity of everyone.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 5, 2020  

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  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

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  1. Tums

  2. UMTS

  3. UTMS

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  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

Examples of must in a Sentence

  1. Rosabeth Moss Kanter:

    To stay ahead, you must have your next idea waiting in the wings.

  2. Anders Hjern:

    We believe that for a decision that has such large consequences in an individual's life, one must require higher precision.

  3. Jens Stoltenberg:

    Shocking scenes in Washington, D.C. The outcome of this democratic election must be respected.

  4. Federico Lombardi:

    When the Pope presents the medal to the president or head of state, he offers a few words of explanation of the gift as well as an invitation to a commitment to peace on the part of the recipient. Each one of us must be for others and for the world an 'angel of peace.'.

  5. Bernie Sanders:

    I am encouraged to see that the President is sending Congress a plan to shut down the Guantanamo Bay prison. As I have said for years, the prison at Guantanamo must be closed as quickly as possible.

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