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[kuh-leyt, koh-, ko-, koh-leyt, kol-eyt] /kəˈleɪt, koʊ-, kɒ-, ˈkoʊ leɪt, ˈkɒl eɪt/
verb (used with object), collated, collating.
to gather or arrange in their proper sequence (the pages of a report, the sheets of a book, the pages of several sets of copies, etc.).
Bookbinding. to verify the arrangement of (the gathered sheets of a book), usually by inspecting the signature at the foot of the first page of each sheet or the mark printed on the back of each sheet or on the spine of each signature.
to compare (texts, statements, etc.) in order to note points of agreement or disagreement.
Bibliography. to verify the number and order of the sheets of (a volume) as a means of determining its completeness.
Computers. to merge (sequenced data from two or more data sets or files) to produce a new sequenced data set or file.
Ecclesiastical. to present by collation, as to a benefice.
Origin of collate
1550-60; < Latin collātus (past participle of conferre to bring together), equivalent to col- col-1 + lā- (suppletive stem of ferre) + -tus past participle ending
Related forms
collatable, adjective
collator, noun
uncollated, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for collating
Historical Examples
  • The existence of this fragment shows the necessity of collating all the MSS.

  • On the contrary, he made a point of collating the several MSS.

    Renaissance in Italy, Volume 2 (of 7) John Addington Symonds
  • I have thus had the great advantage of collating the readings of MS. Harl.

  • It is quite a different thing remembering, and collating, references in.

    Alone Norman Douglas
  • He had photographic copies of all the Latin texts and he was collating them with the original.

    Csar or Nothing Po Baroja Baroja
  • Of Valentin Conrart a tolerably clear image can be formed by collating what the memoir-writers have recorded of him.

  • It is evidently a very corrupt copy which I have not thought worth the trouble of collating.

  • It would appear that they have set themselves the task of collating, as a warning, the phenomena of two counter social forces.

    War of the Classes Jack London
  • The idea of collating this matter suggested itself to the compiler upon the occasion of Geo.

    Yarmouth Notes Frederick Danby Palmer
  • A zealous reader, collating the translation of this book with the original, would hit upon certain differences.

    813 Maurice Leblanc
British Dictionary definitions for collating


/kɒˈleɪt; kə-/
verb (transitive)
to examine and compare (texts, statements, etc) in order to note points of agreement and disagreement
(in library work) to check the number and order of (the pages of a book)
  1. to check the sequence of (the sections of a book) after gathering
  2. a nontechnical word for gather (sense 9)
(often foll by to) (Christianity) to appoint (an incumbent) to a benefice
Word Origin
C16: from Latin collātus brought together (past participle of conferre to gather), from com- together + lātus,past participle of ferre to bring
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Word Origin and History for collating



1610s, from Latin collatus, irregular past participle of conferre "to bring together," from com- "together" (see com-) + latus (see oblate (n.)), serving as past participle of ferre "to bear" (see infer). Related: Collated; collating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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