collect


collect
col|lect1 [ kə`lekt ] verb ***
1. ) transitive to get things and keep them together for a particular reason:
A lot of families collect newspapers for recycling.
a ) to get and keep objects because they are interesting or valuable:
I didn't know she collected modern art.
He collects stamps.
b ) to get information:
The statistics are collected purely for administrative purposes.
evidence collected by the police
2. ) transitive to get money from someone for a particular purpose:
Someone came to collect the rent.
a ) intransitive or transitive to collect money from different people, for example to buy a present or to help people who are suffering:
They give up their spare time to collect for various charities.
b ) transitive to receive money officially, for example from the government or an insurance company:
He's old enough to collect his retirement.
The victim collected $250,000 in compensation.
3. ) intransitive if a crowd of people collects, it forms: GATHER
a ) intransitive if a substance collects somewhere, it gradually goes there:
With flat roofs, you often find that rain collects in the corners.
b ) transitive if a surface collects a substance, the substance gradually covers the surface
4. ) transitive to go and get a person or thing. The more common way of saying this is to pick up something or someone:
Trash is collected on Thursdays.
Both sides returned to collect their dead.
collect
col|lect 2 [ kə`lekt ] adverb
call someone collect AMERICAN
to make a phone call that is paid for by the person who receives the call. British reverse the charges

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • Collect — • The name now used only for short prayers before the Epistle in the Mass, which occur again at Lauds, Terce, Sext, None, and Vespers Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Collect     Collect …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • collect — I (gather) verb accumulate, acquire, add to, aggregate, amalgamate, amass, assemble, bring to a common center, bring to a point of union, bring together, compile, concentrate, conferre, congerere, conglomerate, consolidate, convene, convocare,… …   Law dictionary

  • Collect — Col*lect (k[o^]l*l[e^]kt ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Collected}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Collecting}.] [L. collecrus, p. p. of collerige to bind together; col + legere to gather: cf. OF. collecter. See {Legend}, and cf. {Coil}, v. t., {Cull}, v. t.] 1. To… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • collect — collect1 [kə lekt′] vt. [ME collecten < OFr collecter < L collectus: see COLLECT2] 1. to gather together; assemble 2. to gather (stamps, books, etc.) as a hobby 3. to call for and receive (money) for (rent, a fund, taxes, bills, etc.) 4. to …   English World dictionary

  • Collect — Col lect, n. [LL. collecta, fr. L. collecta a collection in money; an assemblage, fr. collerige: cf. F. collecte. See {Collect}, v. t.] A short, comprehensive prayer, adapted to a particular day, occasion, or condition, and forming part of a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • collect — Ⅰ. collect [1] ► VERB 1) bring or gather together. 2) systematically acquire (items of a particular kind) as a hobby. 3) call for and take away; fetch. 4) call for and receive as a right or due. 5) (collect oneself) regain control of onese …   English terms dictionary

  • Collect — Col*lect , v. i. 1. To assemble together; as, the people collected in a crowd; to accumulate; as, snow collects in banks. [1913 Webster] 2. To infer; to conclude. [Archaic] [1913 Webster] Whence some collect that the former word imports a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • collect — (v.) early 15c. (trans.), from O.Fr. collecter to collect (late 14c.), from L. collectus, pp. of colligere gather together, from com together (see COM (Cf. com )) + legere to gather (see LECTURE (Cf. lecture) (n.)). The intransitive sense is… …   Etymology dictionary

  • collect — [v1] accumulate, come together aggregate, amass, array, assemble, cluster, compile, congregate, congress, convene, converge, convoke, corral, flock, flock together, gather, get hold of, group, heap, hoard, muster, rally, rendezvous, round up,… …   New thesaurus

  • collect — *gather, assemble, congregate Analogous words: mass, *heap, pile: *accumulate, amass, hoard: consolidate, concentrate, *compact Antonyms: disperse: distribute Contrasted words: *scatter, dissipate, dispel: dispense, divide, deal, dole (see …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • collect — To pick up mail from collection boxes or customers …   Glossary of postal terms