Definition of collection in English:



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

    ‘the collection of maple sap’
    ‘tax collection’
    • ‘A watch was found on the main street and is available for collection to the owner at Doyleoes flower shop on the main street.’
    • ‘Best practice recommends that all refuse left out for collection should be protected by a hard container, with a fitted lid firmly closed.’
    • ‘Then, it must be left ready for collection by a designated collector.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Establish the process for collection of the minimum data set in each province’
    • ‘Despite regular garbage collection, the disposal becomes a nagging pain for Corporation.’
    • ‘The collection, transportation and disposal of garbage have always been a headache for the local authorities.’
    • ‘‘The car's ready for collection, sir,’ he said slightly wearily as if that is where we left it yesterday.’
    • ‘We hope you will co-operate with us in filling in your voting forms and having them ready for collection when our representative returns.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We bought a cylindrical planter for collection later.’
    • ‘Refuse collection is an essential public service and cannot be left to the commercial whim of private contractors.’
    • ‘Household waste presented for collection in refuse sacks or cardboard boxes will not be collected by Council staff.’
    • ‘There will also be a refuse collection to empty bins on the estate as they become full through the day.’
    • ‘A date and location for collection will be announced later.’
    • ‘The club tracksuits were distributed on Saturday week last and are available for collection for those who did not yet collect their order.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘All business people are asked to have the questionnaire completed and ready for collection on Friday next, April 11.’
    • ‘So, dotted all around the town were the ordinary, yellow waste bags as well as the usual wheelie bins, waiting for collection.’
    1. 1.1A regular removal of mail for dispatch or of trash for disposal.
      • ‘What indeed has the value of property to do say with road maintenance, environment issues, food inspections, refuse collections, social services?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, the four local authorities in Dublin said they hoped to clear most of the backlog in refuse collections by the weekend.’
      • ‘Weekly refuse collections may return to South Woodham Ferrers under a review currently being undertaken by the borough council.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Despite the recent problems experienced with refuse collections in the town, it was not the council's mistake this time.’
      • ‘From today, Tuesday, all items that cannot be disposed of in regular collections can be dropped off at the centre.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Householders are being asked how York Council should organise refuse collections in future to help the recycling project.’
      • ‘The Royal Mail has reduced collections without providing bigger postboxes to accommodate the volume of letters.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Local authorities would then arrange for refuse trucks to make regular collections of waste destined for recycling.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He said there were contingency plans in place to make sure Post Office services and mail collections and deliveries would face minimal disruption.’
    2. 1.2An instance of collecting money in a church service or for a charitable cause.
      ‘when she died, they took up a collection for her burial’
      • ‘She was very helpful and had a great community spirit, always willing to help out at the Church, charitable collections etc.’
      • ‘There will be a collection at the church for the victims of the tsunami.’
      • ‘Most of the Scottish Baptist churches took collections to assist this effort.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘At Pimlico Race Course near Baltimore, jockeys took up a collection earmarked for the American Red Cross.’
      • ‘The attendees also took up a collection for repair of Cowsill's guitar, which was also damaged.’
      • ‘In fact Gregory went home to Aberdeen and took a collection outside the church doors for money to build his observatory.’
      • ‘Trocaire, which has raised almost €2m, is expecting to double that after church collections from yesterday are included.’
      • ‘Many pay through collections at church, so they feel they are being made to pay twice.’
      • ‘Money raised came via collections at RAAF Bases Williamtown and Edinburgh and generous donations from Boeing, BAe Systems, and Sverdrup.’
      • ‘She said churches had raised the money both through collections at services and through coffee mornings and other fund-raising events.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He added that, as around 70 per cent of the congregation are retired, every pound put into church collections is a hard-earned one.’
      • ‘Groups donate collections directly to their charity of choice.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It is almost impossible to guess who will give money and who won't when you're doing a street collection, charity workers say.’
      • ‘A collection at the local church recently for Sligo Mental Health raised E319.58 from the church-goers.’
      • ‘Wharfedale churches and business have been holding their own collections and charity shops have also witnessed incredible local generosity.’
      donations, contributions, gifts, alms
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    3. 1.3A sum of money raised by a 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He presides over one of the weirdest collection of performers ever assembled since the days of the Victorian freak show.’
    • ‘To get you thinking about words and language, I've assembled a collection of tips and observations.’
    • ‘The remaining seats are held by a collection of small parties and independents.’
    • ‘What the national police did was to assemble a collection of men from different units.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But at the head of their party are a collection of MPs who are recreating the worst of the old factional politics.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Rothenstein has assembled a great collection of musical visuals, drawings, paintings, sheet music covers and synaesthetic visions.’
    • ‘Lovers of the instrument should be in for a treat when a collection of players will gather for a good jamming session.’
    • ‘The author has gathered a thought-provoking collection of games that fly in the face of conventional chess wisdom.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘United Future is not so much a party as a collection of individuals.’
    • ‘Finally, we gathered together a collection of sexy women who are all over 50 and who don't look the half of it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Warner Home Video has assembled a respectable collection of special features for this Special Edition.’
    group, crowd, body, company, troupe, assembly, assemblage, gathering, throng
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    1. 2.1An assembly of items such as works of art, pieces of writing, or natural objects, especially one systematically ordered.
      ‘paintings from the permanent collection’
      ‘a record collection’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But now, with digital technology, we can gather permanent collections of material, and make them accessible to a virtual audience.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Many valuable works, of course, have not reappeared in our day, but are available only in libraries and private collections.’
      • ‘Above these, three levels of flexible modular space have been divided to contain specific collections of work.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The first time I was there, it seemed to have borrowed my record collection for the afternoon.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Indeed, most of the exhibits are from the museum: only fifty out of around 500 have come from Persepolis and the Iranian national collections.’
      • ‘More than 40 countries are currently searching their national collections for plundered treasures.’
      • ‘The private records collections consist mainly of donations of diaries and letters written by service people and their families.’
      • ‘Pictures like these come from national collections which do not charge entry fees, and do not send to galleries which do.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘The avid hoarder is packing up her entire collection of 1,250 lamps and taking them with her.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      set, series, array, assortment
      hoard, pile, heap, stack, gathering, stock, store, stockpile
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    2. 2.2An art museum's holdings organized by medium, such as sculpture, painting, or photography.
    3. 2.3A book or recording containing various texts, poems, songs, etc.
      ‘a collection of essays’
      • ‘He has also published numerous books, collections of photographs and essays, reflections on film-making and other photographic and art books.’
      • ‘The book is a collection of poetry and graphic art created by Nabil over a period of 20 years from 1983 to 2003.’
      • ‘Natarajan has written two more books - a collection of his poems and his father's biography.’
      • ‘His oeuvre includes eight collections of poems, four collections of short stories, four plays and two books of non-fiction.’
      • ‘Village Tales, their second recording, is a collection of traditional folk songs from across China.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This grouping of books comprises Stacy Doris's second book of poems and two debut collections - those of Jennifer Clarvoe and Joanna Klink.’
      • ‘The author has published six books, five collections of poetry and a volume of essays.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In 30 years, Osofisan has had more than 40 plays produced and has published two collections of poems, novels, songs and critical essays.’
      • ‘Paul Kane has published eight books, including two collections of poems and a critical study of Australian poetry.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In doing so, we have restricted our study mainly to full-length texts such as edited collections and single-authored literary critical books.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘To create each song in the collection, a traditional melody was carefully selected for each poem chosen in the final draft.’
      • ‘Colquhoun's fourth poetry book, a collection of love poems, is due out next year.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Ritson also published several popular collections and anthologies of songs, children's verses, fairy stories, etc.’
      anthology, selection, compendium, treasury, compilation, miscellany, miscellanea, pot-pourri
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    4. 2.4A range of new clothes produced by a fashion house.
      ‘a preview of their autumn collection’
      • ‘Look at Kmart, which has built its Jaclyn Smith and Martha Stewart collections into national brands, Liebmann said.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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..’
      • ‘It includes activities such as fashion shows featuring collections by prominent designers, makeover sessions and modelling contests.’
      • ‘Hmm… I think the Christian Lacroix collection was my favourite out of all the FW06 haute couture collections.’
      • ‘The fashion houses will showcase their collections individually in a series of shows at IFC through September 26.’
      • ‘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 Paris High Fashion collections run through July 11.’
      • ‘The owners of RyanKenny were quick to compare their idea for a couture line with the collections of their fashion counterparts.’
      • ‘Pleated leather handbags and bomber jackets from the fashion collection produce a refined, luxurious look.’
      • ‘The fall fashion collections are by far my favorite.’
      • ‘Urban Outfitters is noted for its ground-breaking fashion collections and quirky gift range, and has a US turnover of $200 million.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Spring and summer fashion collections this season feature shoes and accessories that combine creativity and innovation.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Ever since seeing his Haute Couture collections, I've had a thing for Christian Lacroix.’
      • ‘Designer Ralph Rucci has used them for his couture collections and even introduced rainwear made from transparent silk.’
      • ‘When Donatella Versace finishes one of her glitzy fashion collections she rewards herself for her hard work with a coloured diamond or two.’
      • ‘The final day of this year's Alternative Fashion Week saw a variety of collections ranging from the understated to blatant exhibitionism.’


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