col·​lec·​tion | \ kə-ˈlek-shən \

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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Since Target always prides itself on budget-friendly pieces, the price tags on the fixtures in this limited-time collection will be no exception, starting at a reasonable $29.99. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Leanne Ford’s New Target Lighting Collection Is Equally Chic And Affordable," 9 Jan. 2019 So perhaps a new bespoke headband, along with an amazing piece of jewelry from Princess Diana's collection? Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Kate Middleton's 37th Birthday Celebration Sounds Refreshingly Normal," 9 Jan. 2019 When the federal government shut down last month, the national park remained accessible to visitors between its Nisqually entrance and the Longmire area, but without public information, trash collection or road maintenance, according to its website. Evan Bush, The Seattle Times, "Mount Rainier National Park closes lower-elevation gate amid government shutdown," 7 Jan. 2019 Designed as an indoor-outdoor hotel, the contemporary space is adorned in modern art installations from the hotel owner’s private collection as well as photographs from Mexican artists such as Eduardo Zaylan. Jaimie Potters, ELLE Decor, "A Design Lover's Guide to Visiting San Miguel de Allende," 7 Jan. 2019 In 2012, prominent science fiction scholar Gary K. Wolfe put together a magnificent pair of novel collections for Library of America: American Science Fiction: Nine Classic Novels of the 1950s. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "All the science fiction and fantasy books we’re looking forward to in 2019," 30 Dec. 2018 With each progressive collection, Michele’s work grew zanier, bolder, and more glittery. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "How the Great Recession influenced a decade of design," 27 Dec. 2018 The buildings in the 20th-Century Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright collection are Taliesin, Unity Temple, the Frederick C. Robie House, Fallingwater, the Hollyhock House, the Herbert and Katherine Jacobs House, Taliesin West, and the Guggenheim. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "8 Frank Lloyd Wright buildings nominated to be World Heritage Sites," 20 Dec. 2018 The 21-year-old lip kit mogul has dropped Kylie Cosmetics collections to mark Halloween, Valentine's Day, and her own birthday. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Kylie Jenner Just Revealed Her Entire 2018 Holiday Makeup Collection on Instagram," 14 Nov. 2018

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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 \

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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tremendous in size, volume, or degree

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