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transitive verb\kə-ˈlāt, kä-, kō-; ˈkä-ˌ, ˈkō-ˌ\
Definition of COLLATE
a: to compare critically
b: to collect, compare carefully in order to verify, and often to integrate or arrange in order
[Latin collatus, past participle]: to institute (a cleric) to a benefice
a: to verify the order of (printed sheets)
b: to assemble in proper order; especially: to assemble (as printed sheets) in order for binding
— col·la·tor\-ˈlā-tər, -ˌlā-\noun
Examples of COLLATE
They are still collating the data.
The photocopier will collate the pages of the report.
The invisible part of the work of such a writer is collating and organizing all the research material, which is a slow, painstaking task that many writers skip or abbreviate. —Nicholas LeMann, New Republic, 2 Sept. 2002
Rare-book dealers use the word “collating” to mean going through a book page by page when it arrives to make certain that it is complete … —Calvin Trillin, New Yorker, 30 Oct. 1989
“Certainly,” Kidson said. “… we need to have him on our side and cooperating every step of the road after we've collated all the information.” —Evelyn Anthony, The Defector, (1981) 1982
And here have I, as before observed, carefully collected, collated and arranged them … —Washington Irving, A History of New York, 1809