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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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 The sketch has been received by many as racist and is also not the first time California native Markle has received bad press despite her reputation of being a very calm and collected person. Kynala Phillips, Essence, "BBC Under Fire For ‘Racist’ Meghan Markle Segment," 26 June 2019 Even if Naeher is a cool, calm, collected athlete, that’s quite the history to live up to. Laken Litman,, "USA Survives at Women's World Cup, Outlasting Spain on Rapinoe's PKs," 24 June 2019 Last year, 36% of collected income was put into the reserve account. Howard Dakoff,, "Association staff's access to unit is invasion of privacy, resident says," 6 June 2019 The 2018 rewards, paid in the fiscal year ended Sept. 30, were for additional collected revenue of $1.4 billion, compared with $191 million in fiscal 2017. ... Laura Saunders, WSJ, "The Profitable Prospects of Snitching for the IRS," 26 Apr. 2019 The collected money would go into state rural broadband deployment funds that would help bring faster Internet access to sparsely populated areas. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "FCC panel wants to tax Internet-using businesses and give the money to ISPs," 12 Dec. 2018

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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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