[ kuh-lekt ]
/ kəˈlɛkt /

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

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

synonym study for collect

1. See gather.

Definition for collect (2 of 2)

[ kol-ekt ]
/ ˈkɒl ɛkt /


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

Origin of collect

1150–1200; Middle English collecte < Medieval Latin, short for ōrātiō ad collēctam prayer at collection (see collect1) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for collect

British Dictionary definitions for collect (1 of 2)

/ (kəˈlɛkt) /


adverb, adjective

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


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

British Dictionary definitions for collect (2 of 2)

/ (ˈkɒlɛkt) /


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012