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.
Recent Examples on the Web His usual cool, collected self, Chalifour added Mozartean decorations with impeccable elegance. Los Angeles Times, 30 Sep. 2021 The collected pieces are much more than things, the friends agree. Sally Finder Weepie, Better Homes & Gardens, 30 July 2021 In a lab, the collected sample undergoes multiple cycles of a process called amplification. NBC News, 12 Aug. 2021 Currently, the remaining collected urchins are composted, but Tristin McHugh, a Reef Check consultant, is looking into commercial uses. Tara Duggan, San Francisco Chronicle, 9 Aug. 2021 Meyer wanted to mix her collected style with the function needed for pieces being used by a growing family. Anna Logan, House Beautiful, 17 June 2021 After about an hour, the collected number of rounds was in the hundreds. Peter Aitken, Fox News, 5 June 2021 The lab took its database of collected viruses off-line. Tanya Lewis, Scientific American, 4 June 2021 Such technology can help avoid collected fees ending up in the wrong hands. Billboard, 3 June 2021

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First Known Use of collected

circa 1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for collected

from past participle of collect entry 2

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The first known use of collected was circa 1548

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14 Oct 2021

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“Collected.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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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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