- having control of one's faculties; self-possessed: Despite all the turmoil around him, Bob remained calm and collected.
- brought or placed together; forming an aggregation from various sources: the money collected to build an orphanage; the collected essays of Thoreau.
Origin of collected
- 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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Examples from the Web for collected
While panning for gold, he made himself a large hat from the hides he had collected on his trip.My Love Letter to the Stetson
December 24, 2014
Their money, often collected for many years, helps keep the system afloat and benefits flowing to aging baby boomers.How Immigrants Will Save Social Security
November 29, 2014
That data (collected in 2012 and 2013) is obsolete: Jesse Logan confirms both areas are “now showing significant mortality.”What It Takes to Kill a Grizzly Bear
November 23, 2014
So far, in both online and physical cards, they say they have collected 1,199,169 total commitments.The Democrats’ Simple Midterm Weapon
November 4, 2014
As of Oct. 17, over a month after the plans were set, the UN has only collected 38 percent of its goal.Why New York’s Ebola Case Will Hurt Infected Patients Everywhere
October 24, 2014
They had collected some of the emu feathers, which were lying all about.Explorations in Australia
You will take the command of such men as will be collected from Capts.A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion
William Dobein James
He collected his thoughts to the best of his ability to answer the questions put to him.Rico and Wiseli
He was not at all like the Crane she knew, the cold, collected banker.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
The sight of three persons' eyes was melted and collected into that single one.The Gorgon's Head
- in full control of one's faculties; composed
- assembled in totality or brought together into one volume or a set of volumesthe collected works of Dickens
- (of a horse or a horse's pace) controlled so that movement is in short restricted stepsa collected canter
- 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 collected
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.