collect

noun
col·lect | \ ˈkä-likt also -ˌlekt \

Definition of collect 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a short prayer comprising an invocation, petition, and conclusion specifically, often capitalized : one preceding the eucharistic Epistle and varying with the day

collect

verb
col·lect | \ kə-ˈlekt \
collected; collecting; collects

Definition of collect (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : to bring together into one body or place

b : to gather or exact from a number of persons or sources collect taxes

c : to gather an accumulation of (objects) especially as a hobby collects stamps

2 : infer, deduce

3 : to gain or regain control of collect his thoughts

4 : to claim as due and receive payment for

5 : to get and bring with one specifically : pick up went to collect her at the train station

intransitive verb

1 : to come together in a band, group, or mass : gather

2a : to collect objects

b : to receive payment collecting on the insurance

col·lect | \ kə-ˈlekt \

Definition of collect (Entry 3 of 3)

: to be paid for by the receiver

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Verb

gather, collect, assemble, congregate mean to come or bring together into a group, mass, or unit. gather is the most general term for bringing or coming together from a spread-out or scattered state. a crowd quickly gathered collect often implies careful selection or orderly arrangement. collected books on gardening assemble implies an ordered union or organization of persons or things often for a definite purpose. experts assembled for a conference congregate implies a spontaneous flocking together into a crowd or huddle. congregating under a shelter

Examples of collect in a Sentence

Verb

They hope to collect over 1,000 signatures on the petition. He collected stories from all over the world. They collected information about the community. We collected soil samples from several areas on the site. We collected our baggage from the baggage claim at the airport. I left my suit at the cleaners and I have to collect it today. She enjoys collecting antique teapots. He has an impressive stamp collection, though he has been collecting for only a few years. I took a minute to collect my thoughts.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The standard cost of a call is $0.25 per minute if prepaid or $0.35 per minute for collect calls. Don Behm, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee County inmates offered a free 5-minute phone call home on Mother's Day," 12 May 2018 Forget the collect-a-thon bloat of series like Donkey Kong Country and Banjo-Kazooie. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Celeste review: With amazing twists, this 2D game reaches great heights," 25 Jan. 2018 Her phone bill was ridiculous from all my collect calls. Sam Gillette, PEOPLE.com, "Gucci Mane on His Troubled Relationship with Keyshia Ka’oir Before Their Romantic Wedding," 19 Oct. 2017 Last year, an inmate and his mom sued the county, claiming its jailhouse phone rates were still too high at $4 flat for local collect calls and 50 cents per minute for local calls charged on a debit card. Jordan Graham, Orange County Register, "Orange County ends jail contract amid accusations of overcharging inmates’ families to send money," 15 Mar. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Britain's Foreign Office said Friday that the U.K. has asked the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to collect sample for analysis at its labs. Gregory Katz, chicagotribune.com, "Bottle containing nerve agent found in home of poisoned man in U.K., police say," 13 July 2018 But the cost was a first-round pick to the Nets as Brooklyn general manager Sean Marks continues to collect assets. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "Atlanta Hawks land Jeremy Lin from Brooklyn Nets," 13 July 2018 Police said Shaughnessy and Edison may have been attempting to collect $8 million worth of life insurance payouts and the sale of Ted Shaughnessy's jewelry business reported the Bryan-College Station Eagle. Fernando Ramirez, Houston Chronicle, "Third suspect in Texas teen's alleged murder-for-hire plot of father is arrested," 13 July 2018 The scientists' original goal was to collect about 2,000 ticks. Dennis Thompson, CBS News, "Ticks that carry Lyme disease are spreading fast," 13 July 2018 Housing advocates say investors deliberately hold back from transferring a deed, allowing them to collect on the debt without taking on a rotting vacant. Tim Prudente, baltimoresun.com, "With ownership in question, lawsuit stalls over deadly West Baltimore collapse," 12 July 2018 The balloon, which is 20 feet tall, was created via a crowdfunding campaign that managed to collect over $23,000 to fund it. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "The 'Baby Trump' Balloon Will Fly Over London on Friday. Organizers Want to Send It to His Scotland Golf Course Next.," 12 July 2018 It’s also used by Apple to collect data from iPhones without risking customer privacy. Tom Simonite, WIRED, "How a Startup Is Using the Blockchain to Protect Your Privacy," 11 July 2018 Atlanta Public Schools, which makes up the bulk of an Atlanta homeowner’s tax bill, expects to collect more in tax revenue — an increase of about 19 percent, or $110.8 million — even with plans to reduce the rate from 21.74 to 20.74 mills. Arielle Kass, ajc, "Property taxes expected to rise in Fulton County and cities," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of collect

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1563, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Adverb or adjective

1893, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for collect

Noun

Middle English collecte, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin collecta (short for oratio ad collectam prayer upon assembly), from Late Latin, assembly, from Latin, assemblage, from feminine of collectus

Verb

Latin collectus, past participle of colligere to collect, from com- + legere to gather — more at legend

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collect

verb

English Language Learners Definition of collect

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to get (things) from different places and bring them together

: to get (one or more things) from a place

: to get (similar things) and bring them together as a hobby

collect

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of collect (Entry 2 of 2)

of a telephone call : paid for by the person who is receiving the call

collect

verb
col·lect | \ kə-ˈlekt \
collected; collecting

Kids Definition of collect

1 : to gather from a number of sources collect stamps She collected stories from all over the world.

2 : to receive payment for Our landlord is here to collect the rent money.

3 : to bring or come together into one body or place Our teacher collected our homework papers.

4 : to gain or regain control of After losing my way, I had to stop and collect my thoughts.

5 : to increase in amount Dust collected on the furniture.

6 : to get and bring He collected his easel … and set it up … —Richard Peck, A Year Down Yonder

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