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 Frame up art in a mix of sizes for a collected feel. Jessica Dailey, Good Housekeeping, "How to Seriously Cozy Up a Guest Bedroom," 14 Sep. 2020 Last year was the first time food wrappers beat cigarette butts as the most collected item. Anchorage Daily News, "Pandemic restrictions create uncertainties for Bering Sea crab fleet," 15 Sep. 2020 While the committee expressed support for expunging the records of those cited and returning collected fines, a lawyer working for Elliott said that would have to be handled by the courts, not the city. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego moves toward repeal of ‘seditious language’ ban police have used during protests," 9 Sep. 2020 For the next five years, Johnson gave away his corn for free and collected donations at his corn stand, which was given to the American Cancer Society. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "After his father died, a Genesee man opened a free corn stand to raise donations to help others with cancer," 29 Aug. 2020 First, the researchers donned scuba gear and collected baby striped parrotfish, which lionfish commonly eat. Lesley Evans Ogden, Scientific American, "Shyness Helps Parrotfish Survive Invasive Predators," 19 May 2020 The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York offers in-depth looks at its collected works, conservatorship and children's programs. David Morgan, CBS News, "Virtual museum-going: A guide for socially-distanced art lovers," 25 Mar. 2020 Eric Cantor also appears on each of our collected lists, first as majority leader in the US House of Representatives and then, following his electoral defeat, in his new role as vice chairman at Moelis & Company. David Yanofsky, Quartz, "Who’s in Davos? A brief summary in tables and maps," 20 Jan. 2020 The organization is also actively helping relieve victims of the fire financially with collected donations. Mekita Rivas,, "Australia Fires Continue To Devastate — Here’s How You Can Help," 6 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of collected

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 24 Oct. 2020.

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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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