Collect vs Muster - What's the difference?

collect | muster |

As verbs the difference between collect and muster

is that collect is to gather together; amass while muster is (obsolete) to show, exhibit.

As nouns the difference between collect and muster

is that collect is (christianity) the prayer said before the reading of the epistle lesson, especially one found in a prayerbook, as with the book of common prayer while muster is gathering.

As a adjective collect

is to be paid for by the recipient, as a telephone call or a shipment.

As a adverb collect

is with payment due from the recipient.

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Etymology 1

From (etyl) collecten, from (etyl) .


(en verb)
  • To gather together; amass.
  • * {{quote-magazine, year=2013, month=July-August, author=(Henry Petroski)
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  • To get; particularly, get from someone.
  • To accumulate a number of similar or related (objects), particularly for a hobby or recreation.
  • To form a conclusion; to deduce, infer. (Compare (gather), (get).)
  • * 1992 , (Hilary Mantel), A Place of Greater Safety , Harper Perennial 2007, p. 292-3:
  • the riot is so great that it is very difficult to collect what is being said.
  • * John Locke
  • which sequence, I conceive, is very ill collected .
  • To collect payments.
  • To come together in a group or mass.
  • To collect objects as a hobby.
  • To infer; to conclude.
  • * South
  • Whence some collect that the former word imports a plurality of persons.


  • To be paid for by the recipient, as a telephone call or a shipment.
  • It was to be a collect delivery, but no-one was available to pay.


  • With payment due from the recipient.
  • I had to call collect .

    Derived terms

    * call collect * collect one's thoughts * collect one's wits * collect up * collectible * collection * collector * recollect, recollection

    Etymology 2

    (Wikipedia) From (etyl) .


  • (en noun) (sometimes capitalized)
  • (Christianity) The prayer said before the reading of the epistle lesson, especially one found in a prayerbook, as with the Book of Common Prayer.
  • He used the day's collect as the basis of his sermon.




    (en noun)
  • Gathering.
  • # An assemblage or display; a gathering, collection of people or things.
  • #* 1743 , Joseph Steele & Richard Addison, The Lucubrations of Isaac Bickerstaff, Esq. :
  • She seems to hear the Repetition of his Mens Names with Admiration; and waits only to answer him with as false a Muster of Lovers.
  • #* Macaulay
  • Of the temporal grandees of the realm, and of their wives and daughters, the muster was great and splendid.
  • #* 1920 , Commonwealth Bureau of Census and Statistics, Official Year Book of the Commonwealth of Australia , Issue 13,
  • The figures from 1788 to 1825 inclusive, as already mentioned, are based on the musters taken in those years; those for subsequent years are based upon estimates made on the basis of Census results and the annual.
  • #
  • #* 1598 , William Shakespeare, King Henry IV, Part 1 :
  • Come, let vs take a muster speedily: / Doomesday is neere; dye all, dye merrily.
  • #* 1663 , Samuel Pepys, Diary , 4 Jul 1663:
  • And after long being there, I 'light, and walked to the place where the King, Duke &c., did stand to see the horse and foot march by and discharge their guns, to show a French Marquisse (for whom this muster was caused) the goodness of our firemen
  • # The sum total of an army when assembled for review and inspection; the whole number of effective men in an army.
  • #* Wyclif
  • The muster was thirty thousands of men.
  • #* Hooker
  • Ye publish the musters of your own bands, and proclaim them to amount of thousands.
  • # (Australia, New Zealand) A roundup of livestock for inspection, branding, drenching, shearing etc.
  • #* 2006 , John Gilfoyle, Bloody Jackaroos! , Boolarong Press:
  • McGuire took the two of them out to Kidman's Bore on the Sylvester River where about two dozen stockmen from different stations had gathered to tend the muster along the edge of the Simpson Desert.
  • Showing.
  • # (obsolete) Something shown for imitation; a pattern.
  • # (obsolete) An act of showing something; a display.
  • #* 1590 , Sir Philip Sidney, Arcadia , Book III:
  • Thus all things being condignely ordered, will an ill favoured impatiencie he waited, until the next morning he might make a muster of him selfe in the Iland [...].
  • #* 1647 , Beaumont and Fletcher, The Queen of Corinth , Act 2:
  • And when you find your women's favour fail, / 'Tis ten to one you'll know yourself, and seek me, / Upon a better muster of your manners.
  • # A collection of peafowl (an invented term rather than one used by zoologists).
  • Derived terms

    * pass muster * bangtail muster


    (en verb)
  • (obsolete) To show, exhibit.
  • To be gathered together for parade, inspection, exercise, or the like (especially of a military force); to come together as parts of a force or body.
  • To collect, call or assemble together, such as troops or a group for inspection, orders, display etc.
  • * 12 July 2012 , Sam Adams, AV Club Ice Age: Continental Drift
  • With the help of some low-end boosting, Dinklage musters a decent amount of kid-appropriate menace—although he never does explain his gift for finding chunks of ice shaped like pirate ships—but Romano and Leary mainly sound bored, droning through their lines as if they’re simultaneously texting the contractors building the additions on their houses funded by their fat sequel paychecks.
  • (US) To enroll (into service).
  • Synonyms

    * (l)

    Derived terms

    * muster in * muster out * muster up


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