Definition of collate in English:



  • 1Collect and combine (texts, information, or data)

    ‘all the information obtained is being collated’
    • ‘The concept, developed after an exhaustive research for over a year, involved collating feedback from more than 13,000 respondents in nine key markets across the country.’
    • ‘Mr Simpson added: ‘As soon as that information is collated, we will let everyone know.’’
    • ‘Thus Bailey has described the Special Committee on southern Africa as a fact-finding body only in the sense that it collects and collates facts in pursuit of a predetermined political aim.’
    • ‘As a demographic tool it also collates the statistical information upon which policy decisions are supposedly made.’
    • ‘Developers of guidelines for clinical practice attempt to identify, appraise, and collate the best evidence to ensure that the highest quality information is available for clinicians and patients.’
    • ‘As they move into specialist training, require them to collect and collate precise details of everything except the quality of doctoring they are learning to provide.’
    • ‘Age Concern York is collating details of organisations which offer discounts for senior citizens, with a view to producing a list at a future date.’
    • ‘The evidence collated by our officers will remain on file to be used should another infringement occur.’
    • ‘A nationwide attempt to collect and collate information may yield a more complete picture of the prevalence and nature of such attacks in India.’
    • ‘I recommend you go view Richard Hoagland's site. It's easy to sort out the speculation from the evidence, and he has done a very sound job of collating the facts.’
    • ‘We collect and collate such information, so it is available for analysis and interpretation.’
    • ‘We are collating evidence for the Office of Fair Trading which is seeking to take the matter up with the Canadian authorities.’
    • ‘One of the possible human elements is a logistics intelligence officer to sort and collate the automated information gathered from various sensors in and above the battlespace.’
    • ‘Now Edna, with the help of local councillor Bernard Selby, plans to collate records, press cuttings and artefacts detailing his wartime actions.’
    • ‘Staff are still collating signatures to find out exactly how many people took part.’
    • ‘The club will now collate the feedback from local residents and fans in advance of a formal planning application early in the new year.’
    • ‘After coding all interviews, we collated interview text from themes and categories relating to the research question to identify important issues.’
    • ‘Police will then collate the information and identify trouble areas or individuals and target them accordingly.’
    • ‘There is a job to be done here, collecting and collating evidence of current practice, trying out theories, developing academic tools to take charge of a field that is more unfamiliar than many academics care to admit.’
    • ‘Like a well-oiled machine, the organisers had collated details and created a database on the would-be grooms and brides.’
    collect, gather, accumulate, assemble
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    1. 1.1Compare and analyse (two or more sources of information)
      ‘these accounts he collated with his own experience’
      • ‘Gorrie wants the police to be ordered to start collating statistics on the level of crime motivated by sectarianism.’
      • ‘So these problems are local, and they are really difficult to collate, to compare what is going on in each area, because there is 100 different units throughout the Met.’
      • ‘Following performance of the stains, the laboratories report their findings to the CAP Cell Markers Program, where results are collated and compared.’
      • ‘Two reviewers collated and independently assessed abstracts.’
      • ‘Five articles in each field, all five from one journal, were scanned for imperative uses in both main text and notes, and instances were collated and analysed.’
      • ‘It was also a time of collating and comparing material, and contacting a number of publishers with a view to their publishing his work.’
      • ‘However, when bestseller lists from the past three months were compared with figures from the market analysis firm Nielsen BookData - which collates sales figures from almost every bookshop in Britain - surprising anomalies emerged.’
      • ‘This volume is yet another attempt at collating different views on an issue which currently divides the Christian community.’
      • ‘He said the incorrect SocPen information made it difficult to collate beneficiaries with paypoints.’
      • ‘We have now closed the suggestions inbox and are collating the data.’
      • ‘Table 7 collates the results of polymer modeling using the best fits from either one or, where appropriate, two worm-like chains.’
      • ‘Responses were collated by frequency analysis.’
      • ‘Revenues and expenses for two years were first collated in 1834, only four years after the first revenue activity.’
      • ‘The data extraction sheet attempted to collate confounding variables (eg, environmental issues), but no data were provided in the trial reports.’
      • ‘We are, in the language of the business, descriptive dictionary makers: we record, we collate, we analyse, and we describe what people actually say and write.’
      • ‘Here Rose collates the writings of the Church Fathers to give us ‘an Orthodox patristic commentary on Genesis’.’
      • ‘There, that information could be collated with other profiles, to create a social network map of blog cross references.’
      • ‘Previously it has been impossible to compare services because the method of collating figures has changed.’
      • ‘The points are collated and evaluated by members of the Awards Committee, who use the composite points to determine the overall award recipients.’
      • ‘After that he said the results would be collated and it would be considered whether the town would benefit from them becoming a more permanent fixture.’
      compare, contrast, set side by side, juxtapose, weigh against, set against, balance, differentiate, discriminate
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    2. 1.2Printing Verify the number and order of (the sheets of a book).
      • ‘Even worse, there could potentially be a set of paper records for each electronic entry, and these would need to be retrieved from the warehouse and collated into the correct order before being returned.’
      • ‘You can't really get on with anything useful as you load the printer with paper, collate the copies etc.’
  • 2Appoint (a member of the clergy) to a benefice.


Mid 16th century (in the sense ‘confer a benefice upon’): from Latin collat- brought together, from the verb conferre (see confer).