col·​lec·​tion | \ kə-ˈlek-shən How to pronounce collection (audio) \

Definition of collection

1 : the act or process of collecting the collection of data the collection of taxes
2a : 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

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Synonyms for collection


assemblage, library

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Examples of collection in a Sentence

a system of tax collection The technology makes data collection easier. There will be a trash collection this week. The museum's collection is one of the best in the country. We took up a collection for the school renovations. Ten percent of the collection goes to the city's shelters for homeless people.
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According to a press release, the collection pulls inspiration from the film itself, but also African culture. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Beyoncé's Makeup Artist Sir John Has Teamed Up With Disney and Luminess Cosmetics for a "Lion King" Makeup Collection," 1 June 2019 The collection will drop on Luminess Cosmetics' website on June 15, and on June 16, and hit Ulta stores on July 1. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "The Lion King Is Getting Its Very Own Makeup Collection," 1 June 2019 The collection boasts a series of collaborations with Marc Jacobs’s favorite personalities—some real, some wholly imaginary. Vogue, "Marc Jacobs’s Newest Line Is Exactly What Your Closet’s Been Waiting For," 31 May 2019 Generally, each test recommends swabbing your dog’s cheek for between 20 seconds and a minute before replacing the collection in a test tube and mailing the sample to the lab. Lizz Schumer, Good Housekeeping, "I Tried the Most Popular Dog DNA Tests to Find the Best One," 22 May 2019 Check out the Teva x Outdoor Voices collection, here. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "The New Teva x Outdoor Voices Collection Will Make You Actually Want to Wear Pool Shoes," 17 May 2019 From full-coverage foundation to creaseproof concealer, to vivid eyeshadow palettes to universal lip gloss, the collection covers it all. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "Actress and Activist Amandla Stenberg Is the Newest Face of Fenty Beauty," 15 May 2019 Start your day there with breakfast on the patio of the Cappuccino Grand Café and perusing the hotel’s incredibly vast art collection. Elle Decor Editors, ELLE Decor, "7 Dreamy Memorial Day Getaway Hotels To Book Now," 13 May 2019 That stone, upon her death, travelled down the Russian Imperial family line through the centuries and straight to the equally legendary emerald collection of Grand Duchess Vladimir via her father-in-law Tsar Alexander II. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "Catherine the Great's Emerald Is for Sale—And Queen Elizabeth Has Jewels from the Same Collection," 2 May 2019

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First Known Use of collection

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for collection

see collect entry 2

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The first known use of collection was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of collection

: 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


col·​lec·​tion | \ kə-ˈlek-shən How to pronounce collection (audio) \

Kids Definition of collection

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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