- to gather together; assemble: The professor collected the students' exams.
- to accumulate; make a collection of: to collect stamps.
- to receive or compel payment of: to collect a bill.
- to regain control of (oneself or one's thoughts, faculties, composure, or the like): At the news of her promotion, she took a few minutes to collect herself.
- to call for and take with one: He drove off to collect his guests. They collected their mail.
- Manège. to bring (a horse) into a collected attitude.
- Archaic. to infer.
- to gather together; assemble: The students collected in the assembly hall.
- to accumulate: Rain water collected in the barrel.
- to receive payment (often followed by on): He collected on the damage to his house.
- to gather or bring together books, stamps, coins, etc., usually as a hobby: He's been collecting for years.
- Manège. (of a horse) to come into a collected attitude.
- requiring payment by the recipient: a collect telephone call; a telegram sent collect.
Origin of collect1
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- any of certain brief prayers used in Western churches especially before the epistle in the communion service.
Origin of collect2
Examples from the Web for collect
Then the gift card is shopped online in a gray market to collect cold currency.The Insane $11 Billion Scam at Retailers’ Return Desks
December 19, 2014
How a car would be sent to collect him and he would be taken somewhere.Victim: I Watched British MPs Rape and Murder Young Boys
December 18, 2014
Divide the mixture evenly among the crème brûlée dishes, including any juices that collect.The Barefoot Contessa Knows How To Make Us Crumble
November 30, 2014
In order to break the spell and bear children, they must collect four items from the mysterious woods.Anna Kendrick on Feminism, #GamerGate, and the Celebrity Hacking Attack
November 25, 2014
When I was young, I loved to dig and find and collect fossils.The Real-Life Raiders of the Lost Ark
November 14, 2014
It is a fortunate grocer who is able to collect 80 per cent.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
He closed them slowly for a moment, as if to collect his routed thoughts.The Secret Agent
They give you a lot of trouble to collect, and nobody else will trouble to listen.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
That part of one's environment upon which no government has been able to collect taxes.The Devil's Dictionary
I beg you, sir, to collect your spirits, and to listen to me calmly.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
- to gather together or be gathered together
- to accumulate (stamps, books, etc) as a hobby or for study
- (tr) to call for or receive payment of (taxes, dues, etc)
- (tr) to regain control of (oneself, one's emotions, etc) as after a shock or surprisehe collected his wits
- (tr) to fetch; pick upcollect your own post; he collected the children after school
- (intr sometimes foll by on) slang to receive large sums of money, as from an investmenthe really collected when the will was read
- (tr) Australian and NZ informal to collide with; be hit by
- collect on delivery the US term for cash on delivery
- US (of telephone calls) on a reverse-charge basis
- Australian informal a winning bet
- Christianity a short Church prayer generally preceding the lesson or epistle in Communion and other services
Word Origin and History for collect
early 15c. (transitive), from Old French collecter "to collect" (late 14c.), from Latin collectus, past participle of colligere "gather together," from com- "together" (see com-) + legere "to gather" (see lecture (n.)). The intransitive sense is attested from 1794. Related: Collected; collecting. As an adjective meaning "paid by the recipient" it is attested from 1893, originally with reference to telegrams.