col·​late | \kə-ˈlāt, kä-, kō-;ˈkä-ˌlāt, ˈkō-\
collated; collating

Definition of collate 

transitive verb

1a : to compare critically

b : to collect, compare carefully in order to verify, and often to integrate or arrange in order collated the data for publication

2a : to assemble in proper order especially : to assemble in order for binding collate printed sheets

b : to verify the order of (printed sheets)

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

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collator \kə-​ˈlā-​tər, kä-​, kō-​; ˈkä-​ˌlā-​, ˈkō-​ \ noun

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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

What does it mean to collate in a printing or copying context?

In terms of printing or copying, collating refers to putting printed sheets or photocopies in proper order, especially for binding. When you're printing or photocopying something and you're only printing or making one copy, you don't need to address the idea of collation at all. But if you're printing or making multiple copies of multi-page documents, you might want the printer or photocopier to collate the pages.

If you select the "collate" option, the documents that emerge all nicely printed or copied will have their pages in order already; you'll have a stack of documents all ready to go. If you choose not to collate the documents, you'll have a stack with all the first pages together, all the second pages together, all the third pages together, etc., and you'll have to assemble each document by hand. Collating, then, can save a lot of time.

Examples of collate in a Sentence

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 They are still collating the data. The photocopier will collate the pages of the report.
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The vast majority of the tweets aren’t new — many of them, as the research firm DFR Lab noted in its extensive analysis of the tweets, have been collated and released before by numerous media outlets, government officials, and researchers. Aja Romano, Vox, "Twitter released 9 million tweets from one Russian troll farm. Here’s what we learned.," 19 Oct. 2018 GoFundMe, which put out a statement condemning the administration’s policy, collated more than 60 campaigns providing relief to families affected by separations at the border. Maya Sweedler, WSJ, "Fundraising Efforts for Immigrant Families Accelerated by Facebook, Crowdsourcing," 21 June 2018 There’s a pro personnel department that scouts the previous Browns games and works all night Sunday to have an in-depth, collated scouting report on the desk of every coach by 6:30 a.m. Monday. Peter King,, "A Quarterback and His Game Plan, Part II: Virtual Reality Meets Reality," 19 Nov. 2015 Together with other opposition parties, CHP had dispatched tens of thousands of monitors to voting stations across Turkey, and developed special cellphone apps to collate results independently from the election board. David Gauthier-villars, WSJ, "After Victory, Erdogan Promises to Strengthen Turkey," 25 June 2018 The European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction, an agency of the European Union, collates the data collected at those facilities. Justin Chen,, "Below the street, robots turn sewers into sensors," 1 July 2018 The European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction, an agency of the European Union, collates the data collected at those facilities and prepares a report for the public. Justin Chen, STAT, "Scientists can track the spread of opioids in sewers. But do cities want to know what lies below?," 26 June 2018 This comparison was based on records filed with Finra, posted to the BrokerCheck website that the Journal collated and includes more than 1.2 million brokers currently and previously registered with Finra as of June. WSJ, "How the Journal Did the Math," 24 June 2018 This collection of chants is collated into a cacophony of noise and support for your nation, and the one with the most participants in each clash wins., "'Hyundai Cheering Stadium' Competition Launched for Fans to Compete Against Rivals During World Cup," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of collate

1612, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for collate

back-formation from collation

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English Language Learners 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


col·​late | \kə-ˈlāt, kä-, kō-; ˈkä-ˌlāt, ˈkō- \
collated; collating

Legal Definition of collate 

transitive verb

in the civil law of Louisiana : 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 receivedLouisiana Civil Code

intransitive verb

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 necessaryLouisiana Civil Code

History and Etymology for collate

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

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