collection

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noun col·lec·tion \ kə-ˈlek-shən \

Definition of collection

1 :the act or process of collecting
  • the collection of data
  • the collection of taxes
2 a :something collected; especially :an accumulation of objects gathered for study, comparison, or exhibition or as a hobby
  • a collection of poems
  • a collection of photographs
  • a baseball card collection
b :group, aggregate
  • a collection of symptoms, such as fatigue, headaches, and joint pain
c :a set of apparel designed for sale usually in a particular season
  • the designer's spring collection of dresses

Examples of collection in a Sentence

  1. a system of tax collection

  2. The technology makes data collection easier.

  3. There will be a trash collection this week.

  4. The museum's collection is one of the best in the country.

  5. We took up a collection for the school renovations.

  6. Ten percent of the collection goes to the city's shelters for homeless people.

Recent Examples of collection from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of collection


COLLECTION Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of collection for English Language Learners

  • : the act or process of getting things from different places and bringing them together

  • : a group of interesting or beautiful objects brought together in order to show or study them or as a hobby

  • : a request for money in order to help people or to pay for something important; also : the money collected in this way


COLLECTION Defined for Kids

collection

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noun col·lec·tion \ kə-ˈlek-shən \

Definition of collection for Students

1 :the act or process of gathering together
  • collection of trash
2 :a group of things that have been gathered
  • A collection of tools cluttered the garage.
3 :a group of objects gathered for study or exhibition or as a hobby
4 :the act of gathering money (as for charitable purposes)
5 :money gathered for a charitable purpose


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