- Muster applies to a formal assembling, especially of troops for inspection, roll call, etc. See also syn. study at infer.
- Assemble applies especially to the gathering together of persons for some special purpose assemble the students in the auditorium
- Collect usually implies careful choice in gathering from various sources, a bringing into an orderly arrangement, etc. he collects coins
- Gather is the general term for a bringing or coming together to gather scattered objects, people gathered at the corners