1 [kuh-lekt]
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.

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

1. See gather. 1, 2. amass, aggregate. 4. compose, calm.

1. broadcast. 2. distribute. Unabridged


2 [kol-ekt]
any of certain brief prayers used in Western churches especially before the epistle in the communion service.

1150–1200; Middle English collecte < Medieval Latin, short for ōrātiō ad collēctam prayer at collection (see collect1) Unabridged
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collect1 (kəˈlɛkt)
vb (sometimes foll by on)
1.  to gather together or be gathered together
2.  to accumulate (stamps, books, etc) as a hobby or for study
3.  (tr) to call for or receive payment of (taxes, dues, etc)
4.  (tr) to regain control of (oneself, one's emotions, etc) as after a shock or surprise: he collected his wits
5.  (tr) to fetch; pick up: collect your own post; he collected the children after school
6.  slang to receive large sums of money, as from an investment: he really collected when the will was read
7.  informal (Austral), (NZ) (tr) to collide with; be hit by
8.  collect on delivery the US term for cash on delivery
adv, —adj
9.  (US) (of telephone calls) on a reverse-charge basis
10.  informal (Austral) a winning bet
[C16: from Latin collēctus collected, from colligere to gather together, from com- together + legere to gather]

collect2 (ˈkɒlɛkt)
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 collect1]

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Word Origin & History

1573 (trans.), from O.Fr. collecter (1371), from L. collectus, pp. of colligere "gather together," from com- "together" + legere "to gather." The intrans. sense is attested from 1794. As an adj. meaning "paid by the recipient" it is attested from 1893, originally with ref. to telegrams.
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Example sentences
Anybody could run wires to a few hundred houses, beam programmes and collect
The better you dance, the more money you'll collect from your patrons.
Roofs collect a lot of nitrogen from contaminants in the air.
But a group of the traditional snake rustlers has formed a cooperative to
  collect venom and protect their way of life.
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