[kuh-leyt, koh-, ko-, koh-leyt, kol-eyt]
- 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
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Examples from the Web for collating
The existence of this fragment shows the necessity of collating all the MSS.Studies on the Legend of the Holy Grail
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.Chaucer's Works, Volume 3 (of 7)
It is quite a different thing remembering, and collating, references in.Alone
He had photographic copies of all the Latin texts and he was collating them with the original.Csar or Nothing
Po Baroja Baroja
- 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)
- to check the sequence of (the sections of a book) after gathering
- a nontechnical word for gather (def. 9)
- (often foll by to) Christianity to appoint (an incumbent) to a benefice
C16: from Latin collātus brought together (past participle of conferre to gather), from com- together + lātus, past participle of ferre to bring
Word Origin and History for collating
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