Definition of collate in US English:

collate

verb

[with object]
  • 1Collect and combine (texts, information, or sets of figures) in proper order.

    • ‘Police will then collate the information and identify trouble areas or individuals and target them accordingly.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘After coding all interviews, we collated interview text from themes and categories relating to the research question to identify important issues.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As a demographic tool it also collates the statistical information upon which policy decisions are supposedly made.’
    • ‘Like a well-oiled machine, the organisers had collated details and created a database on the would-be grooms and brides.’
    • ‘We collect and collate such information, so it is available for analysis and interpretation.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 club will now collate the feedback from local residents and fans in advance of a formal planning application early in the new year.’
    • ‘Mr Simpson added: ‘As soon as that information is collated, we will let everyone know.’’
    • ‘We are collating evidence for the Office of Fair Trading which is seeking to take the matter up with the Canadian authorities.’
    • ‘A nationwide attempt to collect and collate information may yield a more complete picture of the prevalence and nature of such attacks in India.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The evidence collated by our officers will remain on file to be used should another infringement occur.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    collect, gather, accumulate, assemble
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    1. 1.1 Compare and analyze (texts or other data)
      ‘these accounts he collated with his own experience’
      • ‘Following performance of the stains, the laboratories report their findings to the CAP Cell Markers Program, where results are collated and compared.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Responses were collated by frequency analysis.’
      • ‘Here Rose collates the writings of the Church Fathers to give us ‘an Orthodox patristic commentary on Genesis’.’
      • ‘The points are collated and evaluated by members of the Awards Committee, who use the composite points to determine the overall award recipients.’
      • ‘He said the incorrect SocPen information made it difficult to collate beneficiaries with paypoints.’
      • ‘The data extraction sheet attempted to collate confounding variables (eg, environmental issues), but no data were provided in the trial reports.’
      • ‘Two reviewers collated and independently assessed abstracts.’
      • ‘This volume is yet another attempt at collating different views on an issue which currently divides the Christian community.’
      • ‘We have now closed the suggestions inbox and are collating the data.’
      • ‘There, that information could be collated with other profiles, to create a social network map of blog cross references.’
      • ‘Table 7 collates the results of polymer modeling using the best fits from either one or, where appropriate, two worm-like chains.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Revenues and expenses for two years were first collated in 1834, only four years after the first revenue activity.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Previously it has been impossible to compare services because the method of collating figures has changed.’
      • ‘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.’
      compare, contrast, set side by side, juxtapose, weigh against, set against, balance, differentiate, discriminate
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    2. 1.2Printing Verify the order of (sheets of a book) by their signatures.
      • ‘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.

Origin

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

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