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col·lect 1

v. col·lect·ed, col·lect·ing, col·lects
a. To bring together in a group or mass; gather: The teacher collected the exams.
b. To accumulate as a hobby or for study: collect old coins; collect folk tales. See Synonyms at gather.
2. To call for and obtain payment of: collect taxes.
3. To be the site for (an accumulating mass), especially as a consequence of disuse or neglect: My guitar is collecting dust in the corner.
4. To recover control of: collect one's emotions.
5. To call for (someone); pick up: collected the children and drove home.
1. To come together in a group or mass; gather: Sand collected in the crevices.
2. To take in payments or donations: collecting for charity.
adv. & adj.
With payment to be made by the receiver: called collect; a collect phone call.

[Middle English collecten, from Latin colligere, collēct- : com-, com- + legere, to gather; see leg- in Indo-European roots.]

col·lect 2

 (kŏl′ĭkt, -ĕkt′)
n. Ecclesiastical
A brief formal prayer that is used in various Western liturgies before the epistle and that varies with the day.

[Middle English collecte, from Old French, from Medieval Latin collēcta, short for (ōrātiō ad) collēctam, (prayer at the) gathering, from Latin collēctus, gathered, past participle of colligere, to gather; see collect1.]
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1. to gather together or be gathered together
2. to accumulate (stamps, books, etc) as a hobby or for study
3. (tr) to call for or receive payment of (taxes, dues, etc)
4. (tr) to regain control of (oneself, one's emotions, etc) as after a shock or surprise: he collected his wits.
5. (tr) to fetch; pick up: collect your own post; he collected the children after school.
6. slang (sometimes foll by: on) to receive large sums of money, as from an investment: he really collected when the will was read.
7. (tr) informal Austral and NZ to collide with; be hit by
8. (Commerce) collect on delivery the US term for cash on delivery
adv, adj
(Telecommunications) US (of telephone calls) on a reverse-charge basis
(Gambling, except Cards) informal Austral a winning bet
[C16: from Latin collēctus collected, from colligere to gather together, from com- together + legere to gather]


(Ecclesiastical Terms) Christianity a short Church prayer generally preceding the lesson or epistle in Communion and other services
[C13: from Medieval Latin collecta (from the phrase ōrātiō ad collēctam prayer at the (people's) assembly), from Latin colligere to collect1]
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1. to gather together; assemble.
2. to make a collection of: to collect stamps.
3. to demand and receive payment of.
4. to regain control of (oneself or one's thoughts or emotions).
5. to call for and take with one: Did you collect your mail?
6. to gather together; assemble.
7. to accumulate.
8. to receive payment (often fol. by on): We collected on the damage to our house.
adj., adv.
9. requiring payment by the recipient: to call collect.
[1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin collēctus, past participle of colligere to collect =col- col-1 + -ligere to gather]
syn: See gather.


(ˈkɒl ɛkt)

any of certain brief prayers used in Western churches esp. before the epistle in the communion service.
[1150–1200; collecte < Medieval Latin ōrātiō ad collēctam prayer at collection]
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 a meeting for worship; an assembly; a collection; a gathering.
Examples: collect of money; of Tuscan hieroglyphics, 1651.
Dictionary of Collective Nouns and Group Terms. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


Past participle: collected
Gerund: collecting

I collect
you collect
he/she/it collects
we collect
you collect
they collect
I collected
you collected
he/she/it collected
we collected
you collected
they collected
Present Continuous
I am collecting
you are collecting
he/she/it is collecting
we are collecting
you are collecting
they are collecting
Present Perfect
I have collected
you have collected
he/she/it has collected
we have collected
you have collected
they have collected
Past Continuous
I was collecting
you were collecting
he/she/it was collecting
we were collecting
you were collecting
they were collecting
Past Perfect
I had collected
you had collected
he/she/it had collected
we had collected
you had collected
they had collected
I will collect
you will collect
he/she/it will collect
we will collect
you will collect
they will collect
Future Perfect
I will have collected
you will have collected
he/she/it will have collected
we will have collected
you will have collected
they will have collected
Future Continuous
I will be collecting
you will be collecting
he/she/it will be collecting
we will be collecting
you will be collecting
they will be collecting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been collecting
you have been collecting
he/she/it has been collecting
we have been collecting
you have been collecting
they have been collecting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been collecting
you will have been collecting
he/she/it will have been collecting
we will have been collecting
you will have been collecting
they will have been collecting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been collecting
you had been collecting
he/she/it had been collecting
we had been collecting
you had been collecting
they had been collecting
I would collect
you would collect
he/she/it would collect
we would collect
you would collect
they would collect
Past Conditional
I would have collected
you would have collected
he/she/it would have collected
we would have collected
you would have collected
they would have collected
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.collect - a short prayer generally preceding the lesson in the Church of Rome or the Church of England
orison, petition, prayer - reverent petition to a deity
Verb1.collect - get or gather togethercollect - get or gather together; "I am accumulating evidence for the man's unfaithfulness to his wife"; "She is amassing a lot of data for her thesis"; "She rolled up a small fortune"
run up - pile up (debts or scores)
corral - collect or gather; "corralling votes for an election"
collect, pull in - get or bring together; "accumulate evidence"
scrape up, scrape, scratch, come up - gather (money or other resources) together over time; "She had scraped together enough money for college"; "they scratched a meager living"
chunk, lump - put together indiscriminately; "lump together all the applicants"
bale - make into a bale; "bale hay"
catch - take in and retain; "We have a big barrel to catch the rainwater"
fund - accumulate a fund for the discharge of a recurrent liability; "fund a medical care plan"
fund - place or store up in a fund for accumulation
salt away, stack away, stash away, store, hive away, lay in, put in - keep or lay aside for future use; "store grain for the winter"; "The bear stores fat for the period of hibernation when he doesn't eat"
2.collect - call for and obtain payment of; "we collected over a million dollars in outstanding debts"; "he collected the rent"
take - take into one's possession; "We are taking an orphan from Romania"; "I'll take three salmon steaks"
farm - collect fees or profits
raise - collect funds for a specific purpose; "The President raised several million dollars for his college"
3.collect - assemble or get together; "gather some stones"; "pull your thoughts together"
mobilize, marshal, mobilise, summon - make ready for action or use; "marshal resources"
rake - gather with a rake; "rake leaves"
glean, harvest, reap - gather, as of natural products; "harvest the grapes"
club - gather into a club-like mass; "club hair"
hive - gather into a hive; "The beekeeper hived the swarm"
salvage, scavenge - collect discarded or refused material; "She scavenged the garbage cans for food"
muster, muster up, rally, summon, come up - gather or bring together; "muster the courage to do something"; "she rallied her intellect"; "Summon all your courage"
round up - seek out and bring together; "round up some loyal followers"
cull, pick, pluck - look for and gather; "pick mushrooms"; "pick flowers"
nut - gather nuts
snail - gather snails; "We went snailing in the summer"
birdnest, bird-nest - gather birdnests; "They went birdnesting in the early morning"
nest - gather nests
oyster - gather oysters, dig oysters
sponge - gather sponges, in the ocean
pearl - gather pearls, from oysters in the ocean
clam - gather clams, by digging in the sand by the ocean
shock - collect or gather into shocks; "shock grain"
heap up, stack up, pile up - arrange into piles or stacks; "She piled up her books in my living room"
4.collect - get or bring together; "accumulate evidence"
archive, file away - put into an archive
drum up, rally, beat up - gather; "drum up support"
collect, compile, accumulate, amass, roll up, hoard, pile up - get or gather together; "I am accumulating evidence for the man's unfaithfulness to his wife"; "She is amassing a lot of data for her thesis"; "She rolled up a small fortune"
5.collect - gather or collect; "You can get the results on Monday"; "She picked up the children at the day care center"; "They pick up our trash twice a week"
acquire, get - come into the possession of something concrete or abstract; "She got a lot of paintings from her uncle"; "They acquired a new pet"; "Get your results the next day"; "Get permission to take a few days off from work"
Adj.1.collect - payable by the recipient on delivery; "a collect call"; "the letter came collect"; "a COD parcel"
due - owed and payable immediately or on demand; "payment is due"
Adv.1.collect - make a telephone call or mail a package so that the recipient pays; "call collect"; "send a package collect"
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1. gather, save, assemble, heap, accumulate, aggregate, amass, stockpile, hoard Two young girls were collecting firewood.
gather spread, distribute, scatter, strew
2. fetch, get, meet, pick up I collected her at the station.
3. raise, secure, gather, obtain, acquire, muster, solicit They collected donations for a fund to help the earthquake victims.
4. assemble, meet, rally, cluster, come together, convene, converge, congregate, flock together, foregather A crowd collected outside.
assemble scatter, disperse
collect yourself recover, pull yourself together, get or take a hold of yourself, regain your composure She paused for a moment to collect herself
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collect 1

2. To bring together so as to increase in mass or number:
4. To bring one's emotions under control:
Idiom: cool it.

collect 2

A formula of words used in praying:
litany, orison, prayer, rogation (often used in plural).
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جمعيَأْخُذُيَأخُذ، يَجْلِبيَجْمَعُيَجْمَع، يَتَجَمّع
ná ísafna; ná jafnvægi
...을 모으다데리러 가다
aiziet kādam pakaļkolekcionētkoncentrētieskrātsapulcēties
đónthu thập


1. (= assemble) → reunir, juntar; [+ facts, documents] → recopilar, reunir; (= collect in) → recoger
the teacher collected the exercise booksel maestro recogió los cuadernos
to collect o.s. or one's thoughts (fig) → reponerse, recobrar el dominio de uno mismo
2. (as hobby) [+ stamps, valuables] → coleccionar
3. (= call for, pick up) [+ person] → recoger, pasar por (LAm); [+ post, rubbish] → recoger; [+ books] → coger, recoger; [+ subscriptions, rent] → cobrar; [+ taxes] → recaudar; [+ ticket] → recoger
I'll collect you at eightvengo a recogerte a las ocho
their mother collects them from schoolsu madre los recoge del colegio, su madre los pasa a buscar por el colegio
I'll go and collect the mailvoy por el correo
4. (= gather) [+ dust, water] → acumular, retener
1. (= gather) [people] → reunirse, congregarse; [water] → estancarse; [dust] → acumularse
2. (= collect money) → hacer una colecta
I'm collecting for UNICEFestoy haciendo una colecta para la UNICEF
to collect for charityrecaudar or recolectar fondos con fines benéficos
3. (= pick up) collect on delivery (US) → contra reembolso
C. ADV to call collect (US) (Telec) → llamar a cobro revertido
D. CPD collect call N (US) → llamada f a cobro revertido
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(= accumulate) [+ information, evidence] → rassembler
(= gather up, pick up) → ramasser
The teacher collected the exercise books → Le professeur a ramassé les cahiers.
They collect the rubbish twice a week → Ils ramassent les ordures deux fois par semaine.
to collect eggs → ramasser des œufs
[+ prize] → recevoir
(as a hobby)collectionner
I collect stamps → Je collectionne les timbres.
(British) (= go to get) [+ person] → aller chercher
Their mother collects them from school → Leur mère va les chercher à l'école.
[postman] [+ mail] → faire la levée de, ramasser
to be collected [mail] → être ramassé(e)
[+ debts] [company, debt-collector] → recouvrer; [+ taxes] → percevoir
[+ donations, subscriptions] → recueillir; [+ tokens, signatures] → recueillir
to collect one's thoughts, to collect o.s. → réfléchir
[people] → se rassembler
[dust, dirt] → s'amasser
(= make a collection) → faire une collecte
They're collecting for charity → Ils font une collecte pour une association caritative.
(US) collect on delivery → payable à la livraison, paiement à la livraison
adv (US) to call collect → téléphoner en PCVcollect call n (US)appel f en PCV
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n (Eccl) → Kirchen- or Tagesgebet nt


(= accumulate)ansammeln; (furniture) dustanziehen; empty glasses, exam papers, tickets etceinsammeln; litteraufsammeln; prizebekommen; belongingszusammenpacken or -sammeln; (= assemble)sammeln; one’s thoughtssammeln, ordnen; informationsammeln, zusammentragen; she collected a lot of praise/five points for thatdas hat ihr viel Lob/fünf Punkte eingebracht or eingetragen; to collect interestZinsen bringen
(= pick up, fetch) things, personsabholen (from bei)
stamps, coinssammeln
taxeseinziehen; money, jumble for charitysammeln; rent, fareskassieren; debtseintreiben
(= gather)sich ansammeln; (dust)sich absetzen
(= collect money)kassieren; (for charity) → sammeln
(Comm: = call for goods) → abholen
adv (US) to pay collectbei Empfang bezahlen; to call collectein R-Gespräch führen; to pay collect on deliverybei Lieferung bezahlen; (through post) → per Nachnahme bezahlen
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1. vt
a. (gen) → raccogliere; (as hobby, stamps, valuables) → fare collezione di, collezionare
to collect o.s. → riprendersi
to collect one's thoughts → raccogliere le idee
b. (Brit) (call for, pick up, person) → andare or passare a prendere; (post, ticket) → ritirare; (pension, rent, taxes) → riscuotere; (donations, subscriptions) → fare una colletta di; (rubbish) → portare via, raccogliere; (dust) → accumulare
2. vi (people) → riunirsi, adunarsi, radunarsi; (water, dust) → accumularsi; (rubbish) → ammucchiarsi, accumularsi
to collect for charity → fare una raccolta di beneficenza
collect on delivery (Am) (Comm) → pagamento alla consegna
3. adv (Am) to call collect (Telec) → fare una chiamata a carico del destinatario
collect up vt + advraccogliere
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(kəˈlekt) verb
1. to bring or come together; to gather. People are collecting in front of the house; I collect stamps; I'm collecting (money) for cancer research; He's trying to collect his thoughts.
2. to call for and take away. She collects the children from school each day.
colˈlected adjective
1. gathered together in one book etc. the collected poems of Robert Burns.
2. composed; cool. She appeared quite calm and collected.
colˈlection (-ʃən) noun
1. (an) act of collecting. Your letter won't get to London tomorrow – you've missed the last collection (= of mail from a postbox) for today.
2. a set of objects etc collected. a stamp collection.
colˈlective (-tiv) adjective
1. of a number of people etc combined into one group. This success was the result of a collective effort.
2. of a noun, taking a singular verb but standing for many things taken as a whole. `Cattle' is a collective noun.
a farm or organization run by a group of workers for the good of all of them.
colˈlectively adverb
They were collectively responsible for the man's death.
colˈlector noun
a person who collects, as a job or as a hobby. a ticket-collector / stamp-collector.
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يَأْخُذُ, يَجْمَعُ sebrat, vyzvednout hente, samle abholen, sammeln παίρνω, συλλέγω recoger, reunir hakea, kerätä aller chercher, rassembler pokupiti, sakupljati andare a prendere, raccogliere ・・・を迎えにいく, 集める ...을 모으다, 데리러 가다 ophalen, verzamelen hente, samle (inn) odbierać, zebrać buscar, colher, juntar, recolher забирать группу, собирать hämta รับ, สะสม almak, toplamak đón, thu thập 接走, 收集
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vt. coleccionar, recoger, juntar; acumular.
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vt (blood, stool sample, etc.) recoger, recolectar (sangre, muestra de heces, etc.)
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References in classic literature ?
It was the Sixth Sunday after Epiphany, and the collect began with the words: O God, whose blessed Son was manifested that he might destroy the works of the devil, and make us the sons of God, and heirs of Eternal life.
(1) We can collect together all the happenings in one place, as is done by photography so far as light is concerned;
What is the power of laying and collecting taxes, but a LEGISLATIVE POWER, or a power of MAKING LAWS, to lay and collect taxes?
I would sooner collect life red devils than liddle monkeys.
According to Somo law, the Anno family was privileged to collect the blood-debt from the Nalasu family, but had been balked of it by the deaths of Nalasu's three sons in the bush.
'Lady back there told me to collect her fare from you,' repeated the conductor.
Again the impression passed away, as he heard the voices collect near the spot where the white man had so reluctantly abandoned his rifle.
Then the eldest brother replied, 'The corn has all been cut, but it has not yet been put into barns; let the knave collect all the grain in the kingdom into one big heap before to-morrow night, and if as much as a stalk of corn is left let him be put to death.
Collect what force you can, for there's game afoot that must be hunted hard, and will turn to bay.
Waterhouse, Walker, Newman, and White, have published several able papers on the Insects which were collected, and I trust that many others will hereafter follow.
I remember, in the catalogue, being impressed by the title, "The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle." I filled an application blank and the librarian handed me the collected and entirely unexpurgated works of Smollett in one huge volume.
In the following year they would resume their summer trade, commencing at California and proceeding north: and, having in the course of the two seasons collected a sufficient cargo of peltries, would make the best of their way to China.