Pronunciation of Must
/mˈʌst/, /mˈʌst/, /m_ˈʌ_s_t/

Synonyms for must:

required (adjective)

essential, obligatory, requisite, proviso, necessary, constraining, Stipulated, inexorable, compulsory, pressing, inevitable, indispensable, binding, imperative, required, prerequisite, mandatory, inescapable, involuntary.

Sense 1

precondition, need to, sine qua non, shall, Cannot.

Sense 2

used to.

Sense 3

commitment, would.

Sense 4

duty, could, responsibility, may.

Sense 5


Sense 6

burden, will.

Sense 9


Other synonyms and related words:

have, responsibility, can, may, might, moldiness, need to, burden, binding, commitment, mustiness, would, shall, could, sine qua non, Cannot, precondition, should, duty, ought, have got, will.

Sense 2 (noun)

used to, may, might, responsibility, Cannot, can, commitment, shall, burden, could, duty.

Sense 3 (noun)

precondition, sine qua non.

condition (noun)

precondition, sine qua non.

mildew (noun)


must (noun)

ought, need, should, have got, have, essential.

necessity, essential (noun)

duty, commitment, ought, condition, requirement, sine qua non, need, precondition, obligation, requisite, imperative, necessary, prerequisite.

obligation (noun)

mandate, constraint, necessity, inexorability, need, requirement, demand, obligation, compulsion.

requirement (noun)

stipulation, condition, inevitability.

ought, should (verb)


Usage examples for must:

  • You must tell me, now. - "King Arthur's Socks and Other Village Plays", Floyd Dell.
  • This must go, too, I suppose? - "Legacy", James H Schmitz.
  • You can see that it must be so. - "The Phantom 'Rickshaw and Other Ghost Stories", Rudyard Kipling.

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