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verb, col·late \kə-ˈlāt, kä-, kō-; ˈkä-ˌ, ˈkō-ˌ\

Simple Definition of collate

  • : to gather together information from different sources in order to study it carefully

  • : to arrange (sheets of paper) in the correct order

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of collate


  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to compare critically b :  to collect, compare carefully in order to verify, and often to integrate or arrange in order

  3. 2 [Latin collatus, past participle] :  to institute (a cleric) to a benefice

  4. 3 a :  to verify the order of (printed sheets) b :  to assemble in proper order; especially :  to assemble (as printed sheets) in order for binding

collator play \-ˈlā-tər, -ˌlā-\ noun

Examples of collate in a sentence

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. “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

  4. And here have I, as before observed, carefully collected, collated and arranged them … —Washington Irving, A History of New York, 1809

  5. They are still collating the data.

  6. The photocopier will collate the pages of the report.

Origin of collate

back-formation from collation

First Known Use: 1612

Synonym Discussion of collate

compare, contrast, collate mean to set side by side in order to show differences and likenesses. compare implies an aim of showing relative values or excellences by bringing out characteristic qualities whether similar or divergent <compared the convention facilities of the two cities>. contrast implies an emphasis on differences <contrasted the computerized system with the old filing cards>. collate implies minute and critical inspection in order to note points of agreement or divergence <data from districts around the country will be collated>.

Rhymes with collate

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Law Dictionary


verb col·late \kə-ˈlāt, kä-, kō-; ˈkä-ˌlāt, ˈkō-\

Legal Definition of collate


  • transitive verb
    1. :  to return to an estate for equal division <children or grandchildren, coming to the succession of their fathers, mothers or other ascendants, must collate what they have received — Louisiana Civil Code>

    2. intransitive verb
    3. in the civil law of Louisiana :  to return property or legacies to an estate for division <shall then be obliged to collate up to the sum necessary — Louisiana Civil Code>

    Origin of collate

    back-formation from collation, from Latin collatio (bonorum) bringing together (of property) for distribution to heirs

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