collate

verb
col·​late | \ kə-ˈlāt How to pronounce collate (audio) , 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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Other Words from collate

collator \ kə-​ˈlā-​tər How to pronounce collator (audio) , 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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Recent Examples on the Web The incident was one of 10 reported drone sightings collated in UKAB's most recent monthly summary, five of which occurred near Heathrow, the UK's main airport. Rob Picheta, CNN, "A passenger jet pilot swerved to avoid drone near Gatwick Airport," 28 Aug. 2019 The West Bank is home to almost 3 million Palestinians and more than 400,000 Israelis, according to figures collated by Peace Now, an Israeli organization that advocates a two-state solution. NBC News, "Emboldened by Trump, an embattled Netanyahu pledges radical annexation move," 11 Sep. 2019 Today, the West Bank is home to almost 3 million Palestinians and more than 400,000 Israelis, according to figures collated by Peace Now, an Israeli organization that advocates a two-state solution. NBC News, "Netanyahu seeks to annex Jordan Valley 'in coordination' with U.S.," 10 Sep. 2019 Mother Jones writer Kevin Drum has been tireless in collating the vast pile of evidence regarding the link. Noah Smith, Twin Cities, "Noah Smith: Clean up lead before it wrecks more American lives," 21 July 2019 Marsh will collate scores from participating insurers, which will individually size up the offerings, and identify the products and services considered... Leslie Scism, WSJ, "Insurers Creating a Consumer Ratings Service for Cybersecurity Industry," 26 Mar. 2019 The results are sent immediately by the phone for processing, and Premise’s software automatically collates and assembles the results. The Economist, "Armed with smartphones, Colombians are taking on the local mozzies," 4 July 2019 Oh leave the Wise our measures to collate One thing at least is certain, LIGHT has WEIGHT, One thing is certain, and the rest debate — Light-rays, when near the Sun, DO NOT GO STRAIGHT. Devin Powell, Discover Magazine, "How the 1919 Solar Eclipse Made Einstein the World's Most Famous Scientist," 24 May 2019 That history is collated like a living taxonomy throughout every layer of the Lauren Halsey archive. Michael Slenske, latimes.com, "Lauren Halsey brings the funk to the L.A. art scene," 10 June 2019

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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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11 Oct 2019

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The first known use of collate was in 1612

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collate

verb
How to pronounce collate (audio)

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

collate

verb
col·​late | \ kə-ˈlāt, kä-, kō-; ˈkä-ˌlāt, ˈkō- How to pronounce collate (audio) \
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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