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muster

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1  —as in:
muster strength or the crew
Definition to gather
The exact meaning of this sense of muster is often subject to its context. For example:
  • "mustered her courage/strength/a smile" — to gather from within
  • "muster the soldiers/crew" — to gather — typically for inspection
  • "muster volunteers/votes" — to gather enough to do something
  • She mustered the courage to introduce herself.
mustered = gathered
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Can you muster enough votes to get it passed?
  • Muster the crew for inspection.
  • muster = gather
  • Go, muster men.
    Shakespeare  --  King Richard III
  • And that, as it was, all the strength we could muster was required to cope with the Count's extraordinary power.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • muster = gather
  • I was feeling better now that it was half over, and I sat next to Maxon with the best posture I could muster.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Selection
  • muster = gather
  • I mustered the courage to walk through the silent house by myself and reached the warehouse.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • mustered = gathered (from within)
  • She could not muster her usual venom.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • muster = gather from within
  • I couldn't muster up a single commonplace out of the thousand in my head.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • muster = come up with (think of)
  • In March, however, he mustered his resolve once more and resumed his lonely trek.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
mustered = gathered

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2  —as in:
didn't pass muster
Definition inspection — especially of soldiers or a crew
  • She didn't pass muster.
muster = inspection
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • We were called for muster at dawn.
  • This bright panoply was not meant for mere idle show, but had been worn by the Governor on many a solemn muster and training field, and had glittered, moreover, at the head of a regiment in the Pequod war.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
muster = inspection of soldiers

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Less commonly:
More rarely, muster can refer to a counting or census. Much more rarely, muster can refer to a call to duty such as compulsory military service or jury duty. In that sense, you may see the expression muster in or muster out. Still more rarely, a muster can refer to a group of peacocks.
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