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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 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 There was a noticeable difference between the cool, calm, collected and decisive Russell Wilson and Garoppolo, who appeared to second-guess himself and held onto the ball too long under pressure. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "Seattle Seahawks knock off previously undefeated San Francisco 49ers in overtime thriller," 12 Nov. 2019 For the new studies, Apple is teaming up with high-profile research partners to correlate gadget-collected health data with a variety of health outcomes. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Apple continues health push with three new medical studies," 10 Sep. 2019 The movie opens on Major Roy McBride (Pitt), a cool and collected man whose heart rate never exceeds eighty beats per minute, even in moments of crisis. Nathan Heller, The New Yorker, "James Gray’s Journey from the Outer Boroughs to Outer Space," 9 Sep. 2019 Since new development impacts fire facilities and equipment, the collected fees are distributed to districts such as RMWD to spend on capital improvements related to fire services. Ramona Sentinel, "Water district approves rate increase, fee spending plan," 21 Sep. 2019 The Saints built a 5-0 lead after three innings against the Explorers, helped by a three-run third inning as five Saints collected hits. Pioneer Press, Twin Cities, "St. Paul Saints open American Association finals with easy win over Explorers," 12 Sep. 2019

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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 2 Jun. 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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