collector

[kuh-lek-ter]
noun
1.
a person or thing that collects.
2.
a person employed to collect debts, duties, taxes, etc.
3.
a person who collects books, paintings, stamps, shells, etc., especially as a hobby.
4.
Electricity. a device for accumulating current from contact conductors.
5.
Electronics. an electrode in a transistor or vacuum tube for collecting electrons, ions, or holes.
6.
Metallurgy, promoter ( def 5 ).
7.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Medieval Latin, equivalent to Latin colleg- (variant stem of colligere; see collect1) + -tor -tor

collectorship, collectorate, noun
precollector, noun
subcollector, noun
subcollectorship, noun
undercollector, noun
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collector (kəˈlɛktə)
 
n
1.  a person or thing that collects
2.  a person employed to collect debts, rents, etc
3.  the head of a district administration in India
4.  a person who collects or amasses objects as a hobby
5.  electronics the region in a transistor into which charge carriers flow from the base
 
col'lectorship
 
n

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collector
late 14c., from Anglo-Fr. collectour (Fr. collecteur), from L.L. collector, agent noun from colligere (see collect). Fem. form collectress is attested from 1825.
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Example sentences
But only the rare sympathetic critic or adventuresome collector actually spent
  money on the group's art.
The collector has dried all the plants in his herbal, but he has lost weight
  and humor.
Let me add that ours is in no sense a collector's library.
To better determine the value of your collection, please contact a collector in
  your area.
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