col·​lect·​ed kə-ˈlek-təd How to pronounce collected (audio)
: gathered together
the collected works of Scott
: possessed of calmness and composure often through concentrated effort
of a horse's gait : performed slowly and restrainedly with the animal's center of gravity toward the hindquarters compare extended
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.
Recent Examples on the Web Varying different sizes, shapes, and finishes creates a collected look that levels up your lighting. Claire Hoppe, Better Homes & Gardens, 31 May 2024 Found in ancient tombs belonging to Zeng and Chu aristocrats, the collected artifacts include jade objects, bronze ritual vessels, musical instruments, weapons, ceremonial lacquerware and funerary items made of bronze and wood. Sonja Anderson, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 May 2024 This will create a barrier that prevents mosquitoes and other creatures from getting in your collected rainwater. Viveka Neveln, Better Homes & Gardens, 16 May 2024 The Swiss doctor eventually interpreted hundreds of the Austrian physicist’s dreams, enough to fill the twelfth volume of Jung’s collected works, Psychology and Alchemy. Frederick Kaufman, Harper's Magazine, 22 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for collected 

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Word History


from past participle of collect entry 2

First Known Use

circa 1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of collected was circa 1548

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“Collected.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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col·​lect·​ed kə-ˈlek-təd How to pronounce collected (audio)
: being calm and in control of oneself
collectedly adverb
collectedness noun

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