col·​lect·​ed | \ kə-ˈlek-təd How to pronounce collected (audio) \

Definition of collected

1 : gathered together the collected works of Scott
2 : possessed of calmness and composure often through concentrated effort
3 of a horse's gait : performed slowly and restrainedly with the animal's center of gravity toward the hindquarters — compare extended

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Other Words from collected

collectedly adverb
collectedness noun

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cool, composed, collected, unruffled, imperturbable, nonchalant mean free from agitation or excitement. cool may imply calmness, deliberateness, or dispassionateness. kept a cool head composed implies freedom from agitation as a result of self-discipline or a sedate disposition. the composed pianist gave a flawless concert collected implies a concentration of mind that eliminates distractions especially in moments of crisis. the nurse stayed calm and collected unruffled suggests apparent serenity and poise in the face of setbacks or in the midst of excitement. harried but unruffled imperturbable implies coolness or assurance even under severe provocation. the speaker remained imperturbable despite the heckling nonchalant stresses an easy coolness of manner or casualness that suggests indifference or unconcern. a nonchalant driver

Examples of collected in a Sentence

the collected works of Shakespeare She seemed completely cool, calm, and collected during her speech.

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George also looked calm and collected, strutting around in a relaxed gray suit and a white button-up. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Amal Clooney Wore the Most Charming Fringe Dress in Italy," 31 July 2019 Influenced by the world's very real cloud network of international data storage and computational power resources, Kloud is an artificial intelligence that parsed its conscious world view from the collected intelligence of mankind. Kat Bein, Billboard, "11 DJs Who Wear Masks and the Stories Behind Them," 29 July 2019 Most other superheroes are cool and collected and brooding. Jake Coyle, The Seattle Times, "Nodding to ‘Big,’ ‘Shazam!’ brings the superhero down a size," 30 Mar. 2019 This book isn’t responsible for the new trendiness of Middle Eastern food—that honor belongs, arguably, to the collected works of Yotam Ottolenghi, and his artful deployment of pomegranate seeds and tahini. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, "The Best Cookbooks of the Century So Far," 14 July 2019 According to a September 2018 report, plastic straws were the sixth-most collected item on California Coastal Cleanup days from 1988 to 2016, behind cigarettes, food packaging, caps and lids, plastic bags, and plastic utensils and dishes. Colleen Shalby,, "San Francisco law restricts restaurants from offering customers disposable foodware," 12 July 2019 Becky Sauerbrunn: 7 – Part of 'The Mixup' against Spain, but otherwise calm and collected., "Women's World Cup Player Ratings: How Every Member of the USWNT Fared in France This Summer," 9 July 2019 That measure, which ultimately included an assault-weapons ban and collected votes in the House and Senate from the broad middle of both parties, introduced harsher penalties for certain offenses and encouraged states to build more prisons. NBC News, "Biden's mastery of backlash politics takes center stage," 6 July 2019 But the persistent nature of Web tracking and the magnitude of the collected information has led users to question the trade-offs between privacy and convenience. Hamza Shaban, Washington Post, "Google users can now auto-delete location data," 27 June 2019

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First Known Use of collected

circa 1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of collected

: brought together in a group
: calm and in control of your emotions


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