Main definitions of collect in US English:

: collect1collect2

collect1

verb

[with object]
  • 1Bring or gather together (things, typically when scattered or widespread)

    ‘he went around the office collecting old coffee cups’
    ‘he collected up all his clothing’
    • ‘So we're going to go to Freshers' fairs to collect mobile numbers and sign students up with a form which will give us permission to contact them by mobile phone.’
    • ‘For example, EMS centres have to collect a minimum number of packages before starting delivery because of the high operating costs.’
    • ‘He collected a large number of cheques from other workers which had been returned by both Allied Irish Bank and Ulster Bank.’
    • ‘An undisclosed number were collected mainly from adults but also children until 1986.’
    • ‘So I've collected a number of stories from various sources that illustrate what I feel are both sides of the picture.’
    • ‘The Age have collected a number of interesting articles on the saga and made them available online here, but I think you might need to register to view them.’
    • ‘The second part of the book collects a number of documents that serve to support Hockney's points.’
    • ‘All responses were treated with confidentiality and no identifying details such as name, specific age, or university identification number were collected.’
    • ‘Now Blocher's party has collected the necessary number of signatures under Swiss direct democracy to challenge the law.’
    • ‘This post collects a number of these political discussions.’
    • ‘This applied until the Commerce Commission said that these are numbers collected by the tax payer, so they should be free to the tax payer.’
    • ‘There is often a prize for the child that collects the maximum number of eggs.’
    • ‘I collected a good number of samples this morning and am about to start the task of analyzing them on the WP4.’
    • ‘Murie found this an ideal spot for collecting large numbers of specimens.’
    • ‘Shait's team collected the phone numbers of nearly 2,000 shoppers.’
    • ‘We're collecting emergency numbers from the workers today.’
    • ‘Determine percent of plants being damaged and collect a number of cutworm larvae to determine the predominant stage of larval development.’
    • ‘Having collected a large number of examples, we will need to create a typology of genres on the Web using facet analysis.’
    • ‘They shot at anything and everything, except the clays, which were often collected up unscathed and reused.’
    • ‘For every sequence to be integrated, we collected a number of homologous sequences that were sufficiently similar to enable a reliable alignment.’
    gather, accumulate, assemble
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    1. 1.1no object Come together and form a group or mass.
      ‘worshipers collected together in a stadium’
      ‘dust and dirt collect so quickly’
      • ‘The only unfortunate thing was that word leaked out and quite a crowd collected outside the main entrance, so we had to find an alternate exit for them.’
      • ‘The potential blog entries of the last week or so have now collected themselves into 5 or 6 rather unorganised text files, awaiting anxiously for their author to unleash them on the outside world.’
      • ‘Dense crowds collected before the Palace gates, processions of cheering, beflagged civilians and fighting men marched down the Mall.’
      • ‘These minute organisms are discharged from all over a reef: How come they collect together in these long lines of froth?’
      • ‘She ran towards where the crowd had collected and squeezed through it to see what had happened.’
      • ‘Bellow worries somewhere in that book that the Jews may have done their enemies the favor of collecting themselves in one place so that they might be more easily destroyed; it's a worry that has remained planted in my head ever since.’
      • ‘Many of these bodies collected together to form the cores of the gas giants.’
      • ‘When the morning came people began to talk about it and a crowd collected.’
      • ‘Since the particles start with zero energy, this means that by the time they have collected together to form a star or a planet they have negative energy.’
      • ‘Scott was now in the midst of the very large crowd that had collected.’
      • ‘As we collected ourselves and what was left of our gear, I glanced at my watch: It was 7: 45 a.m.’
      • ‘A mass of people has collected on the terrace of the press center and set up a kind of protest show with flags: a black one for grief, a red one for martyrdom, a green flag for Islam, and the Iraqi flag.’
      • ‘Hollin has collected together a range of individuals and collaborators to provide a concise but comprehensive overview of the principles and premises inherent in this area.’
      • ‘They are eating lunch and drinking in a café as the crowds collect in the town.’
      • ‘On the morning of the ‘big day’, all the students collect together to decide how to achieve their one express goal - wasting as much time as possible.’
      • ‘It defines the word assembly as a company of persons collected together in one place usually for a common purpose.’
      • ‘A small crowd started to collect around the scene.’
      • ‘A large crowd had collected at the Badshah Chowk in Srinagar determined to push across towards the Assembly hall.’
      • ‘As soon as they forced an entrance, they reclosed the door, to keep out the crowd, which collected very fast, notwithstanding the lateness of the hour.’
      • ‘En route to Union Station, he passed the Berghoff where the early theater crowd collected.’
      come together, get together, gather, assemble, meet, muster, cluster, rally, congregate, convene, converge, flock together
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    2. 1.2 Systematically seek and acquire (items of a particular kind) as a hobby.
      ‘I've started collecting stamps’
      no object ‘the urge to collect, to have the full set, is in us all’
      • ‘Mr. G. Sethuraman, an active philatelist who has been collecting stamps since 1974, says this hobby has a high knowledge-gaining potential.’
      • ‘One of a few philatelists who founded Steveston Stamp Auctions Ltd. 12 years ago, Worley began collecting stamps when he was 10.’
      • ‘Apart from collecting himself he has had notes and coins sent to him by people who know of his interest.’
      • ‘As an extension to the hobby of collecting autographed photographs, over the years Willie has also collected First Day covers of postage stamps.’
      • ‘He doesn't have any hobbies - doesn't collect anything or travel anywhere; doesn't read or listen to music.’
      • ‘The pieces, which span the Edo to Meiji periods, were collected by two Swiss sisters who devoted their lives to travelling the world in search of Japanese art and design.’
      • ‘This interest has led to him collecting a large number of classical records and CD's from Mozart to the Beatles.’
      • ‘The spotters were accused of endangering national security by collecting the serial numbers of planes with two reports by the Greek security services agreeing that the information was classified.’
      • ‘Tony Drake, 37, who owns Metier Hair Design, Main Street, Fulford, has collected a number of signed celebrity items which he will sell to the highest bidder.’
      • ‘They tend to be accumulators, and they collect the strangest things, and once they are collected, they cannot be gotten rid of.’
      • ‘I think most people buying Gundam and Metal Gear Solid toys are older people who collect action figures rather than play with them.’
      • ‘Some people collect china animals, cuddly toys, or stamps; my mother collects Cilit Bang, Cif and Mr Sheen, all jammed into a cupboard like an alcoholic's hoard.’
      • ‘I want to know what drives the urge to, say, collect Roman coins, or trace the family history back to Charlemagne, or tie flies for hours on end in some dank basement workshop.’
      • ‘Some background information: I collect Samsonite Suitcases, of a specific time period.’
      • ‘Those who have already spent time and money collecting themselves a full set of miniature fighting monsters may balk at the prospect of starting the lengthy process all over again.’
      • ‘These days, the anorak is more likely to come from Asda than the Esso gift catalogue, but in all other respects the male obsession with collecting the serial numbers of rolling stock continues unabated.’
      • ‘Like millions of others, I collected stamps as a boy and still do on a small scale.’
      • ‘Her newest hobby is collecting each of the new Euro coins from each country.’
      • ‘The trouble with that sort of business is that, if you collect yourself, you take the best stock home and the shop gets a bit deprived.’
      • ‘Jimmy said his urge to start collecting began with radios, and then expanded to other items and trinkets.’
    3. 1.3 Accumulate and store over a period of time.
      ‘collect rainwater to use on the garden’
      • ‘So the bile, or gall, drains from the liver through bile ducts, collects in your gall bladder, and the gall bladder squirts it out on request.’
      • ‘Some collect and store this moisture in their trunks.’
      • ‘A trickle of subterranean water, which fell on the plateau weeks before, collects in a culvert for the villagers.’
      • ‘They point the telescope at one small region of the sky and just let it sit there, gradually collecting the tiny number of photons that are coming to us from these galaxies in the early universe.’
      • ‘To counter the drain on scarce water supplies, rainwater will be collected in underground tanks and a new breed of wildlife-rich village pond.’
      • ‘At home, anywhere water collects is an ideal breeding ground.’
      • ‘I didn't mean to imply that money deposited in a bank was simply collecting lint in the pockets of bankers.’
      • ‘The chemical information gleaned by the VN system is more specialized than that which is collected by the olfactory system.’
      • ‘Iodine collects in the thyroid, so this little capsule, tipped into my hand out of a canister so no-one else would have to touch it, targets that gland and destroys it.’
      • ‘The leaves and rubbish that collect around the base harbour insects for geckos to feast on, while providing cover from predators.’
      • ‘At present rain water is being collected in large storage dams and reticulated to the end consumer via a network of pipes, pumps and treatment plant to ensure drinking water quality.’
      • ‘Together with the dust that collects in the fan the worn out bearing suddenly stops the rotation of the fan.’
      • ‘Rainwater can be collected in plenty during rainy seasons, but we waste it by allowing it to flow into the sea.’
      • ‘And one of the results may be that fluid collects in the middle ear and stays there for a long period of time.’
      • ‘The dust worn from the mousing surface collects on the feet of the MS Optical mouse.’
      • ‘Like most writers, I collected an unbelievable number of rejections for things I'd written in the past.’
      • ‘The only maintenance required is a monthly hose down of the knurled surface to remove the dirt which collects there.’
      • ‘I wandered around a bit and ended up by the two big tanks that collect rainwater from our roof.’
      • ‘We know the organism likes to collect in air-conditioning systems and we know it can be controlled.’
      • ‘No two ways about it, the place was thick with dirt and clumps of dust that had collected over the years it'd been neglected.’
      gather, accumulate, assemble
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  • 2Call for and take away; fetch.

    ‘the children were collected from school’
    • ‘The horse was later collected by the rescue society.’
    • ‘The hotel can arrange to collect you at the airport if you don't want to rent a car.’
    • ‘Instead of payments being collected over the counter they will all be made directly into people's bank accounts.’
    • ‘How is a 14-year-old girl allowed to go to a party without provision being made for her to be collected or other arrangements made for her to get home?’
    • ‘Household waste is also collected and sorted.’
    • ‘His arms filled up again, Ben made his way back towards the livery stable to collect his horse.’
    • ‘Swinford players will be collected up at the Gateway Hotel, Swinford at 8.15 am.’
    • ‘Cotswold District Council is distributing wheelie bins so that garden waste can be collected and turned into compost.’
    • ‘The respondent regularly telephoned his wife for her to arrange a taxi to collect him.’
    • ‘Meet your coach, collect the right number of departing guests from their hotels and get them to the airport - then do the same in reverse for the arrivals.’
    • ‘You may collect the payment on Thursday 12 th October to cover you until Monday 16th October which will be the last payment.’
    • ‘Anyone registering this week should arrive 45 minutes before the start time to collect numbers and kit.’
    • ‘This passport photograph must be signed on the back and left in the Pharmacy where they will all be collected together.’
    • ‘If you want to be one of the DJ's, you need to arrive at the venue at 7: 00 pm to collect your number (more details to follow).’
    • ‘She said they had sent notification to customers over the weekend to tell them arrangements had been made for them to collect State payments from a nearby premises.’
    • ‘Matt dressed quickly and went to collect Danielle and Kati from swim practice.’
    • ‘I was looking forward to being collected by Jack as much as anything.’
    • ‘Used stamps will also be collected and taken to Tipperary for use by the Missions.’
    • ‘Of course, everyone knows what happened next, he won and I collected my £2.50.’
    • ‘In the morning we'd drive the trailer and go barn to barn collecting all the clinic horses.’
    fetch, come to get, go to get, come and get, go and get, call for, come for, go for, meet
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    1. 2.1 Go somewhere and accept or receive (something), especially as a right or due.
      ‘she went to Oxford to collect her honorary degree’
      • ‘Within six months of taking over the pub Mr Hughes had collected a clutch of awards and was well on course to achieve his dream of a Michelin star during his first year of trading, but the explosion left his ambition in tatters.’
      • ‘He moved to Sweden with his wife but returned to the US in 1972 to collect a special Academy award.’
      • ‘The timing of the incident could not have been more symbolic - it came while Karzai was away in Britain collecting an honorary knighthood from the Queen.’
      • ‘In his career Bob hosted 18 Oscar ceremonies but never managed to secure one for himself despite collecting hundreds of other awards.’
      • ‘Fancy dress store Masquerade collected the customer friendly award, while chocolate maker Thorntons was named Croydon's best food or drink retailer.’
      • ‘Herrick didn't win, but within five years, her Babs Radon label had collected numerous fashion awards and had featured repeatedly on the pages of Vogue.’
      • ‘He received an MBE in 1998 and yesterday attended a special graduation ceremony at the City Hall in Sheffield to collect his latest award.’
      • ‘Smith, though, fainted after the game and was unable to collect his man-of-the-match award from the sponsors.’
      • ‘It's always unpleasant when individuals who've worked on a second or third-rate film collect a batch of awards.’
      • ‘Sir Michael Bichard, who was chairman of Bradford's Capital of Culture executive board, spoke as he was in the city to collect an honorary degree from the university for his work on the bid.’
      • ‘Guest of honour at the official opening of Thornden Hall was internationally renowned percussionist Miss Evelyn Glennie, who has collected a string of awards.’
      • ‘The 72 year old was in town to collect an honorary ACTRA award.’
      • ‘The 54-year-old actress is speaking to me at the America Film Festival in Deauville, where she is collecting a lifetime achievement award.’
      • ‘Football legend Jack Charlton declared himself ‘delighted’ to be back in Leeds as he collected an honorary degree yesterday.’
      • ‘After today's race Tergat is off to America to collect an honorary degree from a New York university.’
      • ‘Jackson has been ignored twice by Academy Award voters. if there's any justice, come February, he'll be collecting the best director award.’
      • ‘It is Heston's Oscar-winning delivery that gives them stature and status, even if it is 40 years since he collected his Academy award for his performance in Ben Hur.’
      • ‘Next month, he and Charles have a date with the Queen at Buckingham Palace to collect the MBEs awarded them in the New Year's Honours.’
      • ‘For McGeeney, this is his third All Star award while McConville collected his second.’
      • ‘Battier's varied gifts as a player make him the favorite to claim all the awards Martin collected this season.’
    2. 2.2 Solicit and receive (donations), especially for charity.
      ‘collecting money for the war effort’
      no object ‘we collected for the United Way’
      • ‘A nice website has been established in her memory and a charitable trust is collecting donations to support the kinds of causes for which she gave her life.’
      • ‘The above wish to thank all who contributed so generously to their recent collection and also all those who collected at the masses.’
      • ‘The Ministry of Education has ordered all schools under its jurisdiction to stop collecting charitable donations from students.’
      • ‘He said he also volunteers for a library and for a Pagan Pride Day that collects donations for charities.’
      • ‘The fund was founded as the Blackburn District Nurses Amenity Fund Charity in 1954 to collect donations from grateful patients and their relatives.’
      • ‘The Lord Mayor's appeal team will be among the crowd collecting for this year's charities Manorlands and the Arthritis Research Campaign.’
      • ‘Thankfully a large sum of money has been collected for the Irish Wheelchair Association.’
      • ‘One day as he leisurely strolls through London, he bumps into Pamela, a beautiful woman who is collecting donations for some charity.’
      • ‘The financing structure is not just a bunch of charitable institutions collecting donations and dispensing funds.’
      • ‘A further £300 was collected for her in lieu of flowers at the funeral of former Steeton pub landlord Sid Dearden, who died in March just months after moving to Lanzarote.’
      • ‘The legislation also authorizes NASA to collect gifts and donations, over the next five years, for the Columbia Memorial.’
      • ‘The Silver Anniversary was always going to be special and on the day over 20,000 has been collected for the various charities.’
      • ‘Local priest, Canon Joseph Cooney, said he was surprised and saddened that robbers would enter the local church and take money that had been collected for such a worthy cause.’
      • ‘The funeral took place this morning at St Peter's Church in Mill Hill where donations were collected for MacMillan Nurses.’
      • ‘His medical bill was paid by the ‘Friends of Hadassah’ a Jewish charity group which collects donations from Jews all over the world.’
      • ‘Money is collected for charity when staff at Marshalls, who have a head office in Halifax and plants across Yorkshire ‘dress down’ on the last Friday of the month.’
      • ‘Over 7,000 was collected for this worthy cause.’
      • ‘There was an excellent response at the recent Cemetery Mass in Roslea Cemetery, Easkey when a total of E807. was collected for the upkeep of the grounds.’
      • ‘Along with other donations, a total of £1, 200 was collected for Cancer Research.’
      • ‘At a recent function in the village's memorial hall, the residents presented her with a bouquet of flowers and £910 that had been collected in the community.’
      raise, appeal for, ask for, ask people to give, solicit, secure, obtain, acquire, gather
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    3. 2.3 Receive (money that is due); be paid.
      with object ‘they called to collect a debt’
      no object ‘he'd come to collect’
  • 3collect oneselfRegain control of oneself, typically after a shock.

    • ‘The group of journalists began sobbing; it took 10 minutes for the reporters and photographers, all of whom had grown fond of the engaging baby, to collect themselves.’
    • ‘Everybody nearly jumped out of their skin as the voice suddenly spat out at us, and it took us a great while to collect ourselves from the shock.’
    • ‘Finally I collected myself enough to go over and pick him up.’
    • ‘Thank God for the quick-witted chorus member that ad-libbed the line ‘that sir, is this thing falling on top of us’ - it allowed the audience to laugh as the actors collected themselves.’
    • ‘Moments later, after he collected himself, he added: ‘I wasn't aware I was causing that much trouble.’
    • ‘He was silent for a short while, trying to regain his composure and collect himself.’
    • ‘The team collected itself and quickly rallied to an 8-8 tie.’
    • ‘Ballinahinch had hardly collected themselves from that blow when they saw the game ebb from their grasp.’
    • ‘Sister Pickles said that verbal abuse was so common that staff dealt with it quickly but were often shaken up after the incident and had to take time away from the ward to collect themselves before going back to their job.’
    • ‘Cougre took the hint and collected herself, regaining her calm.’
    recover, regain one's composure, pull oneself together, take a hold of oneself, steady oneself
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    1. 3.1 Bring together and concentrate (one's thoughts).
      • ‘I was met with great compassion and it was suggested that I go to my room, collect my thoughts and let them know what I wanted to do.’
      muster, summon, summon up, gather, gather together, get together, rally, call into action, marshal, mobilize, screw up
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  • 4archaic Conclude; infer.

    ‘by all best conjectures, I collect Thou art to be my fatal enemy’
  • 5Cause (a horse) to bring its hind legs further forward as it moves, thereby shortening the stride and increasing balance and impulsion.

    • ‘‘I began learning our pocket going around barrels and how to rate and collect him, and he caught on fast’ says Harmon.’
    • ‘This is an easy way to encourage the horse to collect as he halts which will be a paramount balance skill later on.’

adjective & adverb

North American
  • (with reference to a telephone call) to be paid for by the person receiving it.

    as adverb ‘I called my mother collect’
    as adjective ‘a collect call’
    • ‘Bart must apologize to Australia after he tricks a boy from down under into accepting an expensive collect call.’
    • ‘However, with its full keypad, it can make non-emergency credit card and collect calls in most areas.’
    • ‘I cannot imagine the mindset of a man who thinks that a sex worker is going to take a collect call from anyone - let alone someone who's in jail.’
    • ‘I am told that the average price of a fifteen-minute collect call to Phoenix is $3.’
    • ‘And Mother's Day is the second highest day for collect calls.’
    • ‘Though Mr. Boudin has rigged his dorm room at Yale University to override the block on collect calls, neither parent was able to connect with him today.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French collecter or medieval Latin collectare, from Latin collect- ‘gathered together’, from the verb colligere, from col- ‘together’ + legere ‘choose or collect’.

Pronunciation

collect

/kəˈlɛkt//kəˈlekt/

Main definitions of collect in US English:

: collect1collect2

collect2

noun

  • (in church use) a short prayer, especially one assigned to a particular day or season.

    • ‘This kind of evangelism is far more persuasive than simply publishing the world's best book of new collects, calls to worship, or Eucharistic prayers.’
    • ‘The Australian Prayer Book has a somewhat revised version of the collect found in the ASB 1980.’
    • ‘The ancient Advent collect still echoes deep within my soul.’
    • ‘However, a new type of short full anthem, often a setting of one of the seasonal collects, gained in popularity after about 1800.’
    • ‘The comparison of the Te Deum and the Apostles Creed is a creative piece and the part on the final collects is fully developed and contains a wealth of information.’

Origin

Middle English: from Old French collecte, from Latin collecta ‘gathering’, feminine past participle of colligere ‘gather together’ (see collect).

Pronunciation

collect

/ˈkälˌekt//ˈkɑlˌɛkt/