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.
  1. (of a moving horse) noting a compact pose in which the legs are well under the body, the head is arched at the poll, the jaw is relaxed, etc.Compare extended(def 8a).
  2. (of a gait of such a horse) characterized by short, elevated strides.Compare extended(def 8b).

Nearby words

  1. collect,
  2. collect call,
  3. collect on delivery,
  4. collectable,
  5. collectanea,
  6. collected edition,
  7. collectedly,
  8. collectible,
  9. collectibles,
  10. collecting

Origin of collected

First recorded in 1600–10; collect1 + -ed2

Related formscol·lect·ed·ly, adverbcol·lect·ed·ness, nounun·col·lect·ed, adjectivewell-col·lect·ed, adjective

Synonym study

1. See calm.



verb (used with object)

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.

verb (used without object)

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.

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

1. See gather. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for collected

British Dictionary definitions for collected



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
Derived Formscollectedly, adverbcollectedness, noun




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


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




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 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with collected


see cool, calm, and collected.

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