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
Choose the Right Synonym for collected

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

Example Sentences

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of collected was circa 1548

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“Collected.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


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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