collect

1
[kuh-lekt]

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

adjective, adverb

requiring payment by the recipient: a collect telephone call; a telegram sent collect.

Origin of collect

1
1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin collēctus (past participle of colligere to collect), equivalent to col- col-1 + leg- (stem of legere to gather) + -tus past participle suffix

Synonyms for collect

Synonym study

1. See gather.

Antonyms for collect

collect

2
[kol-ekt]

noun

any of certain brief prayers used in Western churches especially before the epistle in the communion service.

Origin of collect

2
1150–1200; Middle English collecte < Medieval Latin, short for ōrātiō ad collēctam prayer at collection (see collect1)
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collect

1

verb

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

adverb, adjective

US (of telephone calls) on a reverse-charge basis

noun

Australian informal a winning bet

Word Origin for collect

C16: from Latin collēctus collected, from colligere to gather together, from com- together + legere to gather

collect

2

noun

Christianity a short Church prayer generally preceding the lesson or epistle in Communion and other services

Word Origin for collect

C13: from Medieval Latin collecta (from the phrase ōrātiō ad collēctam prayer at the (people's) assembly), from Latin colligere to collect 1
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Word Origin and History for collect
v.

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.

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