collection

noun
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

Synonyms

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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Recent Examples on the Web

Pick your pink, and take a look at the complete collection. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Nars Created a Makeup Line Inspired by Their Orgasm Blush," 9 Apr. 2019 Fans can basically shop Billie's closet, because the collection includes all her favorite streetwear staples: oversized hoodies, graphic T-shirts, and beanies with graphics from the music video. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Here's Where You Can Shop Billie Eilish x Takashi Murakami Merchandise Now," 4 Apr. 2019 That's why two of the collection's products are made to be used all over. Marci Robin, Allure, "Patrick Ta Launches His Highly Anticipated Namesake Makeup Brand With the Major Glow Collection," 4 Apr. 2019 The collection includes 1960s MiG-17s and Vietnam War-era MiG-19s and F-7As (a Chinese copy of the MiG-21). Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Albania’s Underground Air Force Doesn’t Look So Good," 1 Apr. 2019 Blues and dark, earthy tones are used to create a calming vibe throughout the collection. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "IKEA's New Summer Collection Is Designed to Help You Destress," 1 Apr. 2019 Marjan stashes away all her makeup products in the top drawer, like the Khloe and Malika collection from Becca Cosmetics. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Go Inside Celebrity Hairstylist Justine Marjan's Massive Beauty Stash," 28 Mar. 2019 The entire collection was based around one item: A Japanese-inspired jewelry organizer styled like a bento box. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Marie Kondo's Massive Net Worth Proves That It Pays to Keep a Tidy House," 16 Jan. 2019 According to Business of Fashion, the 205 collection sold so poorly in department stores and boutiques that hundreds dropped the line. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "The Calvin Klein brand hired big-name fashion designer Raf Simons to build relevancy. Now he’s out.," 27 Dec. 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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collection

noun

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

collection

noun
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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