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. Ban Ki-moon:

    We must act now.

  2. Colorado Sen. Mark Udall:

    I must tell you.

  3. Karl Wallenda:

    The Show Must Go On

  4. Michael Friedman:

    The union must decide.

  5. Groucho Marx:

    Hello, I Must Be Going

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