Definition of collection in English:

collection

noun

  • 1mass noun The action or process of collecting someone or something.

    ‘the collection of data’
    ‘refuse collection’
    ‘she left the envelope in the office for collection’
    • ‘Despite regular garbage collection, the disposal becomes a nagging pain for Corporation.’
    • ‘A date and location for collection will be announced later.’
    • ‘‘The car's ready for collection, sir,’ he said slightly wearily as if that is where we left it yesterday.’
    • ‘We bought a cylindrical planter for collection later.’
    • ‘Then, it must be left ready for collection by a designated collector.’
    • ‘So, dotted all around the town were the ordinary, yellow waste bags as well as the usual wheelie bins, waiting for collection.’
    • ‘Household waste presented for collection in refuse sacks or cardboard boxes will not be collected by Council staff.’
    • ‘All business people are asked to have the questionnaire completed and ready for collection on Friday next, April 11.’
    • ‘The club tracksuits were distributed on Saturday week last and are available for collection for those who did not yet collect their order.’
    • ‘There will also be a refuse collection to empty bins on the estate as they become full through the day.’
    • ‘First, a call from the salesman to tell me the car had arrived and was in process of being ‘made ready’ for collection on Thursday.’
    • ‘Its only when one collects a weeks daily papers together to put out for collection that one realises just how much paper and weight is involved.’
    • ‘Establish the process for collection of the minimum data set in each province’
    • ‘When I had approached a private refuse operator I was told that I would have to bring my rubbish a mile up the road for collection.’
    • ‘But the council has warned that households who have not had their bins emptied because of the weather will have to wait another seven days for collection.’
    • ‘The collection, transportation and disposal of garbage have always been a headache for the local authorities.’
    • ‘Refuse collection is an essential public service and cannot be left to the commercial whim of private contractors.’
    • ‘A watch was found on the main street and is available for collection to the owner at Doyleoes flower shop on the main street.’
    • ‘We hope you will co-operate with us in filling in your voting forms and having them ready for collection when our representative returns.’
    • ‘Best practice recommends that all refuse left out for collection should be protected by a hard container, with a fitted lid firmly closed.’
    1. 1.1count noun A regular removal of mail for dispatch or of refuse for disposal.
      ‘withdrawal of the Sunday collections’
      • ‘Oh, I nearly forgot, we are lucky enough to have a refuse collection and now CPZ has been foisted upon us against our wishes, I might add.’
      • ‘Weekly refuse collections may return to South Woodham Ferrers under a review currently being undertaken by the borough council.’
      • ‘Commissioner Walsh firmly believes that charges for domestic refuse collections are a form of double taxation and he and others of a similar ilk are entitled to that opinion.’
      • ‘The post office has refused to make collections from a post box but as soon as the cameras are in, I shall be writing in the hope the box will be reopened.’
      • ‘From today, Tuesday, all items that cannot be disposed of in regular collections can be dropped off at the centre.’
      • ‘The Royal Mail has reduced collections without providing bigger postboxes to accommodate the volume of letters.’
      • ‘More than 1,600 have joined now our protest - calling on city council chiefs to retain weekly household refuse collections.’
      • ‘Most controversially, officers revealed that the authority was considering reducing refuse collections to once a fortnight and saving £900,000 a year in the process.’
      • ‘And 97 per cent of those asked said they are happy with their weekly refuse collections, while four out of five said the council was doing a good job.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, the four local authorities in Dublin said they hoped to clear most of the backlog in refuse collections by the weekend.’
      • ‘He said there were contingency plans in place to make sure Post Office services and mail collections and deliveries would face minimal disruption.’
      • ‘Local authorities would then arrange for refuse trucks to make regular collections of waste destined for recycling.’
      • ‘Despite the recent problems experienced with refuse collections in the town, it was not the council's mistake this time.’
      • ‘Postal workers' leaders warned that action over pay could threaten the Christmas mail as post and council strikes disrupted collections and deliveries and closed schools and libraries yesterday.’
      • ‘All traffic was stopped between 5.30 am and 7.15 pm and refuse collections were cancelled so that police search teams could search through the rubbish.’
      • ‘The crisis is affecting all aspects of life in the rural community with refuse collections and postal services to farms affected by the restrictions placed on people entering and leaving farmland.’
      • ‘What indeed has the value of property to do say with road maintenance, environment issues, food inspections, refuse collections, social services?’
      • ‘Householders are being asked how York Council should organise refuse collections in future to help the recycling project.’
      • ‘The power to suspend bin collections from people who refuse to pay their annual charges was made possible under the Protection of the Environment Act 2003.’
      • ‘Braintree Council's quarterly performance report found that during the first quarter of this year, missed refuse collections soared.’
    2. 1.2count noun An instance of collecting money in a church service or for a charity.
      ‘a collection is to be taken up for the Ecclesiastical Students Fund’
      • ‘She was very helpful and had a great community spirit, always willing to help out at the Church, charitable collections etc.’
      • ‘Money raised came via collections at RAAF Bases Williamtown and Edinburgh and generous donations from Boeing, BAe Systems, and Sverdrup.’
      • ‘An appeal for donations was read out in more than 400 mosques across Britain yesterday and many churches are planning to hold collections at services this weekend.’
      • ‘And those who have continued to attend church services have been told to put more money into collections or run the risk of losing their place of worship.’
      • ‘There will be a collection at the church for the victims of the tsunami.’
      • ‘In fact Gregory went home to Aberdeen and took a collection outside the church doors for money to build his observatory.’
      • ‘She said churches had raised the money both through collections at services and through coffee mornings and other fund-raising events.’
      • ‘At Pimlico Race Course near Baltimore, jockeys took up a collection earmarked for the American Red Cross.’
      • ‘Saint-Léon records that at one point in 1869 Pugni was so broke the dancers of the Imperial Ballet took up a collection to help him feed his large family.’
      • ‘Many pay through collections at church, so they feel they are being made to pay twice.’
      • ‘He added that, as around 70 per cent of the congregation are retired, every pound put into church collections is a hard-earned one.’
      • ‘A collection at the local church recently for Sligo Mental Health raised E319.58 from the church-goers.’
      • ‘It is almost impossible to guess who will give money and who won't when you're doing a street collection, charity workers say.’
      • ‘The attendees also took up a collection for repair of Cowsill's guitar, which was also damaged.’
      • ‘Most of the Scottish Baptist churches took collections to assist this effort.’
      • ‘Trocaire, which has raised almost €2m, is expecting to double that after church collections from yesterday are included.’
      • ‘Unfortunately this will make people wary about donating to genuine charities which use doorstep collections as a way of raising money.’
      • ‘In the Old Testament, Judas Maccabeus took up a collection that he sent to Jerusalem as a sin offering.’
      • ‘Groups donate collections directly to their charity of choice.’
      • ‘Wharfedale churches and business have been holding their own collections and charity shops have also witnessed incredible local generosity.’
      donations, contributions, gifts, subscription, subscriptions, alms
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    3. 1.3count noun A sum of money raised during a church or charity collection.
      • ‘Furthermore, the Talmud provides a budget detailing how the Temple's collections should be expended.’
      offering, offertory, tithe
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  • 2A group of things or people.

    ‘a rambling collection of houses’
    • ‘He came within inches of a hat-trick and saving his side from defeat at the hands of the greatest collection of footballers ever assembled on one team.’
    • ‘His role is crucial since trade is one of the few areas where the EU acts as a single body rather than a collection of nation states.’
    • ‘The remaining seats are held by a collection of small parties and independents.’
    • ‘He presides over one of the weirdest collection of performers ever assembled since the days of the Victorian freak show.’
    • ‘Finally, we gathered together a collection of sexy women who are all over 50 and who don't look the half of it.’
    • ‘Warner Home Video has assembled a respectable collection of special features for this Special Edition.’
    • ‘Early in the history of the universe, one particular pool of gas and dust had begun to spin itself into the collection of bodies that we call the solar system.’
    • ‘Lynn gathers a collection of stapled pages together in her arms.’
    • ‘United Future is not so much a party as a collection of individuals.’
    • ‘But at the head of their party are a collection of MPs who are recreating the worst of the old factional politics.’
    • ‘Rothenstein has assembled a great collection of musical visuals, drawings, paintings, sheet music covers and synaesthetic visions.’
    • ‘In various ways, the interviewees identified a collection of forces driving the digital divide.’
    • ‘Poland has a healthy collection of death metal bands, including Vader and Behemoth.’
    • ‘Instead, many are finding holistic panaceas and a philosophy which views the patient as a whole body rather than as a disease or a collection of symptoms more beneficial.’
    • ‘The Orkney Vintage Club's Orkney Cavalcade 2005 saw a collection of old vehicles drive around the West Mainland.’
    • ‘Youngsters made a beeline for a table bearing a colourful collection of party hats, masks and whistles.’
    • ‘Lovers of the instrument should be in for a treat when a collection of players will gather for a good jamming session.’
    • ‘What the national police did was to assemble a collection of men from different units.’
    • ‘The author has gathered a thought-provoking collection of games that fly in the face of conventional chess wisdom.’
    • ‘To get you thinking about words and language, I've assembled a collection of tips and observations.’
    group, crowd, body, company, troupe, assembly, assemblage, gathering, throng
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    1. 2.1 A group of accumulated items of a particular kind.
      ‘a record collection’
      • ‘Above these, three levels of flexible modular space have been divided to contain specific collections of work.’
      • ‘But now, with digital technology, we can gather permanent collections of material, and make them accessible to a virtual audience.’
      • ‘The first time I was there, it seemed to have borrowed my record collection for the afternoon.’
      • ‘They will exhibit their permanent Rubens collections together with loans from other institutions and private collectors.’
      • ‘Early ‘Accumulations’ feature collections of gas masks, hair combs and cameras.’
      • ‘The latest in the occasional Another Late Night series raids the record collection of icebox studio duo Groove Armada.’
      • ‘Now he buys record collections from collectors or estates.’
      • ‘The private records collections consist mainly of donations of diaries and letters written by service people and their families.’
      • ‘More than 40 countries are currently searching their national collections for plundered treasures.’
      • ‘The weight of history is evident both in the presence of the numerous national collections, and in the self-consciousness of the city's layout of monuments in the surrounding area.’
      • ‘Many valuable works, of course, have not reappeared in our day, but are available only in libraries and private collections.’
      • ‘It is surely the duty of the presiding executive to provide this most responsible custodian of the nation's premier art collections with funding commensurate with market values.’
      • ‘German collections of Indian art have been built around private collections since the 17th Century, and traditionally housed in ethnological museums.’
      • ‘Dr Xu said that a fossil in a private collection in China contains the mirror image of the tail of the alleged Archaeoraptor.’
      • ‘Drawing on Turkey's wealth of art collections, most of the 370 objects on display are from Istanbul's Topkapi Palace Museum and the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art.’
      • ‘After gathering a collection of more than 600 Elvis LPs and various memorabilia he is keen to share his experiences with other like minded fans.’
      • ‘Pictures like these come from national collections which do not charge entry fees, and do not send to galleries which do.’
      • ‘The archaeological collections in the Roman National Museum in Rome and in the National Archaeological Museum in Naples are probably among the world's best.’
      • ‘The avid hoarder is packing up her entire collection of 1,250 lamps and taking them with her.’
      • ‘Indeed, most of the exhibits are from the museum: only fifty out of around 500 have come from Persepolis and the Iranian national collections.’
      hoard, pile, heap, stack, gathering, stock, store, stockpile
      set, series, array, assortment
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    2. 2.2 A book or recording containing various texts, poems, songs, etc.
      ‘a collection of essays’
      • ‘Reading a novel or a poem or a collection of essays requires only that you bring home the book, curl up in your favorite chair and begin.’
      • ‘In 30 years, Osofisan has had more than 40 plays produced and has published two collections of poems, novels, songs and critical essays.’
      • ‘To some extent the poems in his seventh collection continue in that vein, but in many of them the poet takes a somber turn as he muses over old age and death.’
      • ‘The book is a collection of poetry and graphic art created by Nabil over a period of 20 years from 1983 to 2003.’
      • ‘I'm too tired that evening to open either Himself Alone or The Idiot, and in any case I want to a make a start on a new book, a collection of short essays on single poems.’
      • ‘Colquhoun's fourth poetry book, a collection of love poems, is due out next year.’
      • ‘An intellectual artist who has published many collections of essays and books on painting, Wu is one of the few Chinese artists to have established a reputation both in China and the West.’
      • ‘He has also published numerous books, collections of photographs and essays, reflections on film-making and other photographic and art books.’
      • ‘The author has published six books, five collections of poetry and a volume of essays.’
      • ‘In doing so, we have restricted our study mainly to full-length texts such as edited collections and single-authored literary critical books.’
      • ‘His oeuvre includes eight collections of poems, four collections of short stories, four plays and two books of non-fiction.’
      • ‘This grouping of books comprises Stacy Doris's second book of poems and two debut collections - those of Jennifer Clarvoe and Joanna Klink.’
      • ‘To create each song in the collection, a traditional melody was carefully selected for each poem chosen in the final draft.’
      • ‘Ritson also published several popular collections and anthologies of songs, children's verses, fairy stories, etc.’
      • ‘Paul Kane has published eight books, including two collections of poems and a critical study of Australian poetry.’
      • ‘The result was a decade of vigorous sales, during which labels merely repackaged the same music into ever more expensive collections and sat back to count the revenues.’
      • ‘Village Tales, their second recording, is a collection of traditional folk songs from across China.’
      • ‘Natarajan has written two more books - a collection of his poems and his father's biography.’
      • ‘I still found this to be a great collection of the band's music, but I would warn fans to not expect too much from the second disc.’
      • ‘If only anthologists would give the date and title of collections that poems are drawn from they would help readers place the material in some context.’
      anthology, selection, compendium, treasury, compilation, miscellany, miscellanea, pot-pourri
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    3. 2.3 A range of new clothes produced by a fashion house.
      ‘a preview of their autumn collection’
      • ‘Urban Outfitters is noted for its ground-breaking fashion collections and quirky gift range, and has a US turnover of $200 million.’
      • ‘The fall fashion collections are by far my favorite.’
      • ‘The fashion houses will showcase their collections individually in a series of shows at IFC through September 26.’
      • ‘Hmm… I think the Christian Lacroix collection was my favourite out of all the FW06 haute couture collections.’
      • ‘He has presented television programmes, is an ambassador for the designer Giorgio Armani's collections and his love of fashion has made him a gay icon - all, it must be said, very David Beckham.’
      • ‘The owners of RyanKenny were quick to compare their idea for a couture line with the collections of their fashion counterparts.’
      • ‘At the moment the young designer is preparing her collection for the fashion show that is always held at the end of each school year.’
      • ‘Designer Ralph Rucci has used them for his couture collections and even introduced rainwear made from transparent silk.’
      • ‘Irish designer Paul Costelloe has turned the tables on the anti-hunt political lobby and reintroduced fur and feathers to his autumn 2002 couture collections.’
      • ‘When Donatella Versace finishes one of her glitzy fashion collections she rewards herself for her hard work with a coloured diamond or two.’
      • ‘Look at Kmart, which has built its Jaclyn Smith and Martha Stewart collections into national brands, Liebmann said.’
      • ‘The Paris High Fashion collections run through July 11.’
      • ‘Ever since seeing his Haute Couture collections, I've had a thing for Christian Lacroix.’
      • ‘The highlight of the fashion show must surely have been the range of bridal collections on view from the Bridal Hall, Portlaoise under the guidance of Breda and Helen.’
      • ‘Pleated leather handbags and bomber jackets from the fashion collection produce a refined, luxurious look.’
      • ‘Spring and summer fashion collections this season feature shoes and accessories that combine creativity and innovation.’
      • ‘It includes activities such as fashion shows featuring collections by prominent designers, makeover sessions and modelling contests.’
      • ‘The collections of Indian fashion designer Anita Dongre displayed here recently were just what I had imagined they would be: rich in detail and color.’
      • ‘The final day of this year's Alternative Fashion Week saw a variety of collections ranging from the understated to blatant exhibitionism.’
      • ‘Liz also admitted her career as a film producer was on hold at the launch last month of her first fashion range - a collection of beachwear..’
  • 3collectionsBritish College examinations held at the beginning or end of a term, especially at Oxford University.

    • ‘However I'm not quite sure what he means by ‘this term's achievements’ - collections?’
    • ‘Revising for two collections + new term work is dull.’

Origin

Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin collectio(n-), from colligere ‘gather together’ (see collect).

Pronunciation

collection

/kəˈlɛkʃ(ə)n/