I. verb (present & past all persons must) Etymology: Middle English moste, from Old English mōste, past indicative & subjunctive of mōtan to be allowed to, have to; akin to Old High German muozan to be allowed to, have to Date: before 12th century verbal auxiliary 1. a. be commanded or requested to <
you must stop
b. be urged to ; ought by all means to <
you must read that book
2. be compelled by physical necessity to <
one must eat to live
; be required by immediate or future need or purpose to <
we must hurry to catch the bus
3. a. be obliged to ; be compelled by social considerations to <
I must say you're looking well
b. be required by law, custom, or moral conscience to <
we must obey the rules
c. be determined to <
if you must go at least wait for me
d. be unreasonably or perversely compelled to <
why must you argue
4. be logically inferred or supposed to <
it must be time
5. be compelled by fate or by natural law to <
what must be will be
6. was or were presumably certain to ; was or were bound to <
if he did it she must have known
7. dialect may, shall — used chiefly in questions intransitive verb archaic to be obliged to go <
I must to Coventry — Shakespeare
II. noun Date: 1616 1. an imperative need or duty ; requirement 2. an indispensable item ; essential <
exercise is a must
III. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English, from Latin mustum Date: before 12th century the expressed juice of fruit and especially grapes before and during fermentation; also the pulp and skins of the crushed grapes IV. noun Etymology: Middle English (Scots) moist, from Middle French must, alteration of musc musk Date: 15th century 1. musk 2. mold, mustiness

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