collect

noun
col·​lect | \ ˈkä-likt also -ˌlekt How to pronounce collect (audio) \

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 How to pronounce collect (audio) \
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
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 How to pronounce collect (audio) \

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 Her phone bill was ridiculous from all my collect calls. Brianne Tracy, PEOPLE.com, "Gucci Mane Gets Backlash for Praising Wife for Staying with Him While He Cheated, Was on Drugs," 16 Oct. 2019 Her phone bill was ridiculous from all my collect calls. Brianne Tracy, PEOPLE.com, "Gucci Mane Gets Backlash for Praising Wife for Staying with Him While He Cheated, Was on Drugs," 16 Oct. 2019 Her phone bill was ridiculous from all my collect calls. Brianne Tracy, PEOPLE.com, "Gucci Mane Gets Backlash for Praising Wife for Staying with Him While He Cheated, Was on Drugs," 16 Oct. 2019 The court had granted Waring two hours of unrecorded collect calls and one 20-minute non-collect call per day in preparation for his court dates, as is standard when a defendant forgos outside counsel. Daily Pilot, "Appeal to have charges dismissed fails for son of ex-'Real Housewives’ star; he is attacked in jail," 11 Oct. 2019 No matter—to him, that’s what collect calls were for. Mike Kerrigan, WSJ, "My Brother the Car Horn," 27 Nov. 2018 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Then, the Army hired civilians to collect the frozen corpses, buried in snow, paying $2 for each Indian interred on the hill. Julian Brave Noisecat, Harper's magazine, "Perhaps the World Ends Here," 5 Dec. 2019 That is on track to be the highest five-year period since the data collecting began in the early 1970s. AZCentral.com, "It's one of Arizona's most precious rivers. Hundreds of new wells may leave it running dry," 5 Dec. 2019 Some cities have their own compost collection program and provide bins specifically to collect organic materials. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appétit, "How to Stop Making Excuses and Start Composting Already," 4 Dec. 2019 One after the other, the new citizens took turns to shake hands with their president and went on to collect their citizenship certificates. Kwasi Gyamfi Asiedu, Quartz Africa, "Ghana granted citizenship to over 100 African Americans and Afro-Caribbeans as part of Year of Return," 28 Nov. 2019 Firemen and a police safety team did a final sweep of the campus in the morning after searching every level of each building to handle hazardous items and collect evidence the day before. Natalie Lung, Bloomberg.com, "Hong Kong Police End Campus Siege After Finding 3,989 Petrol Bombs," 28 Nov. 2019 BotSlayer’s system collects all matching tweets – not just a sample – and saves them in a database for any retrospective investigation. Christopher Torres-lugo, The Conversation, "You can join the effort to expose Twitter bots," 27 Nov. 2019 Dozens of couriers throughout the U.S. would then collect the drug profits and use the dirty money to buy scrap and fine gold. Beth Warren, courier-journal.com, "A ruthless Mexican drug lord’s empire is devastating families with its grip on small-town USA," 25 Nov. 2019 If there is no living family, the government will collect the assets. Branded Content Contributor, Orange County Register, "Having a Will Is Worthless If Your Beneficiaries Can’t Find It," 19 Nov. 2019

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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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The first known use of collect was in the 13th century

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Last Updated

13 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Collect.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/collect?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=c&file=collec02. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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collect

verb
How to pronounce collect (audio)

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
How to pronounce collect (audio)

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

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

collect

verb
col·​lect | \ kə-ˈlekt How to pronounce collect (audio) \
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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