[kuh-leyt, koh-, ko-, koh-leyt, kol-eyt]
verb (used with object), collated, collating.
to gather or arrange in their proper sequence (the pages of a report, the sheets of a book, the pages of several sets of copies, etc.).
Bookbinding. to verify the arrangement of (the gathered sheets of a book), usually by inspecting the signature at the foot of the first page of each sheet or the mark printed on the back of each sheet or on the spine of each signature.
to compare (texts, statements, etc.) in order to note points of agreement or disagreement.
Bibliography. to verify the number and order of the sheets of (a volume) as a means of determining its completeness.
Computers. to merge (sequenced data from two or more data sets or files) to produce a new sequenced data set or file.
Ecclesiastical. to present by collation, as to a benefice.

1550–60; < Latin collātus (past participle of conferre to bring together), equivalent to col- col-1 + lā- (suppletive stem of ferre) + -tus past participle ending

collatable, adjective
collator, noun
uncollated, adjective Unabridged
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collate (kɒˈleɪt, kə-)
1.  to examine and compare (texts, statements, etc) in order to note points of agreement and disagreement
2.  (in library work) to check the number and order of (the pages of a book)
3.  bookbinding
 a.  to check the sequence of (the sections of a book) after gathering
 b.  a nontechnical word for gather
4.  (often foll by to) Christianity to appoint (an incumbent) to a benefice
[C16: from Latin collātus brought together (past participle of conferre to gather), from com- together + lātus,past participle of ferre to bring]

collator (kɒˈleɪtə, kəʊ-, ˈkɒleɪtə, ˈkəʊ-)
1.  a person or machine that collates texts or manuscripts
2.  computing a device for matching or checking punched cards in separate files and for merging two or more files sorted into the same ordered sequence

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Word Origin & History

1612, from L. collatus, irregular pp. of conferre "to bring together," from com- "together" + latus (see oblate), serving as pp. of ferre "to bear" (see infer).
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Example sentences for collator
A collator had two input hoppers and four or more output hoppers.
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