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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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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Atlanta police have now taken lead in the investigation, but due to the fire damage at the home, evidence collection is proving difficult. Chelsea Prince, ajc, "Neighbors honor couple found strangled in burned Atlanta home," 12 July 2018 Adoptable pets: Here's a collection of a few of the dogs, cats and other critters in the Baltimore area who need homes. Reema Amin,, "Shelters across Maryland offering free cat adoptions throughout July," 11 July 2018 Today, the two companies released a line of tops, dresses, skirts, and pants that go up to size 5X. The J.Crew x Universal Standard collection is currently available on J.Crew's website and in select stores. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "​Shop J.Crew​ x Universal Standard​'s New Size-Inclusive Fashion Line Right Now," 10 July 2018 The front lawn’s collection of outdoor artworks is growing. Susan Dunne,, "The Sculptures Outside The Wadsworth, Explained," 9 July 2018 This collection is more playful without sacrificing the Gucci-ness. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "These Clothes Are Only for the Most Stylish Toddlers," 9 July 2018 Featuring an astounding 63 looks, the collection designed by creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli was enough to garner a standing ovation and bring Mr. Valentino himself, who sat front row, to tears. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Gowns At Valentino's Couture Show Will Take Your Breath Away," 5 July 2018 Here is a collection of tweets showing some of the more creative Tesla plates: Douglas Kass, founder and president of hedge fund sponsor, Seabreeze Partners Management, Inc., spotted a plate that transformed a standoffish response into a clever pun. Ben Tobin, USA TODAY, "Tesla car owners' clever license plates praise electricity, denounce gas," 4 July 2018 Freestyle Hi x GLOW in White/Pink/Green/Yellow, $85 GLOW season two premieres on Netflix on June 29, and the FreeStyle Hi x GLOW collection is available now for purchase on Leah Prinzivalli, SELF, "You Can Buy the Exact Reebok Sneakers the Women of 'GLOW' Wear This Season," 29 June 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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