Meaning of must

must




A must is something that’s so important it can’t be missed or ignored. When you’re taking kayaking lessons, a lifejacket is a must.

Anything that is required is a must: drinking enough water is a must for being healthy. When you adopt a new dog, making sure he’ll get along with your cat is a must. Another meaning of the noun must is a stale, stuffy smell. Your damp basement and dry, hot attic might both smell of must. This meaning comes from the adjective musty, a variation on the older, now obsolete moisty.

Definitions of must
  1. noun

    a necessary or essential thing

    “seat belts are an absolute
    must

  2. adjective

    highly recommended

    “a book that is
    must reading”
    Synonyms:

    essential

    basic and fundamental
  3. noun

    the quality of smelling or tasting old or stale or mouldy

    synonyms:

    moldiness, mustiness

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    type of:

    staleness

    having lost purity and freshness as a consequence of aging

  4. noun

    grape juice before or during fermentation

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    type of:

    grape juice

    the juice of grapes

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