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[kuh-lek-shuh n] /kəˈlɛk ʃən/
the act of collecting.
something that is collected; a group of objects or an amount of material accumulated in one location, especially for some purpose or as a result of some process:
a stamp collection; a collection of unclaimed hats in the checkroom; a collection of books on Churchill.
the works of art constituting the holdings of an art museum:
a history of the museum and of the collection.
the gathered or exhibited works of a single painter, sculptor, etc.:
an excellent Picasso collection.
collections, the various holdings of an art museum organized by category, as painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, or film:
the director of the collections.
the clothes or other items produced by a designer, especially for a seasonal line:
the spring collection.
a sum of money collected, especially for charity or church use.
Manège. act of bringing or coming into a collected attitude.
Origin of collection
1350-1400; Middle English colleccioun (< Anglo-French) < Latin collēctiōn- (stem of collēctiō), equivalent to collēct(us) (past participle of colligere; see collect1) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
collectional, adjective
noncollection, noun
precollection, noun
subcollection, noun
2. accumulation, aggregation, mass, heap, pile, hoard, store. 7. contribution(s), alms. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for collection
  • As the collection grew over the years, gallery space was lost to storage.
  • Building a research-library collection has been an educated guessing game.
  • Museums tend to insure for the largest sums, because of the size of their art collection.
  • His is also a collection of negatives, a logical fallacy if there ever was one.
  • Our fossil collection is already the world's largest.
  • However, state legislators this year will consider a bill to permit the collection of water for irrigation.
  • All right, admit it: you're smart enough to know that your comic collection probably won't make you a millionaire.
  • In theory, however, collection agencies could go after any property inherited from the deceased.
  • But lawyers for the government say that prohibiting the collection practice would.
  • collection and quarantine regulations would prevent the plants from being sent to other countries quickly.
British Dictionary definitions for collection


the act or process of collecting
a number of things collected or assembled together
a selection of clothes, esp as presented by a particular designer for a specified season
something gathered into a mass or pile; accumulation: a collection of rubbish
a sum of money collected or solicited, as in church
removal, esp regular removal of letters from a postbox
(often pl) (at Oxford University) a college examination or an oral report by a tutor
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Word Origin and History for collection

late 14c., "action of collecting," from Old French collection (14c.), from Latin collectionem (nominative collectio) "a gathering together," noun of action from colligere (see collect). Especially of money gathered for religious or charitable purposes from 1530s. Meaning "a group of objects viewed as a whole" is from c.1400.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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collection in the Bible

The Christians in Palestine, from various causes, suffered from poverty. Paul awakened an interest in them among the Gentile churches, and made pecuniary collections in their behalf (Acts 24:17; Rom. 15:25, 26; 1 Cor. 16:1-3; 2 Cor. 8:9; Gal. 2:10).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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