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collect

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[ kuh-lekt ]
/ kəˈlɛkt /
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verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

adjective, adverb

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

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Origin of collect

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First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English, from Latin collēctus (past participle of colligere “to collect”), equivalent to col- “with, together” + leg- (stem of legere “to gather”) + -tus past participle suffix; see col-1
1. See gather.

Definition for collect (2 of 2)

collect2
[ kol-ekt ]
/ ˈkɒl ɛkt /

noun

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

Origin of collect

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1150–1200; Middle English collecte<Medieval Latin, short for ōrātiō ad collēctam prayer at collection (see collect1)
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British Dictionary definitions for collect (1 of 2)

collect1
/ (kəˈlɛkt) /

verb

adverb, adjective

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

noun

Australian informal a winning bet
C16: from Latin collēctus collected, from colligere to gather together, from com- together + legere to gather

British Dictionary definitions for collect (2 of 2)

collect2
/ (ˈkɒlɛkt) /

noun

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