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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The garden, off of Campbell Airstrip Road in East Anchorage, is also well known for its collection of peonies, now numbering over 50 varieties. Anchorage Daily News, "July is a great time to visit the Alaska Botanical Garden," 11 July 2018 Check out a teaser for the Sister Love collection below. Michael Saponara, Billboard, "Mary J. Blige Launches 'Sister Love' Jewelry Collaboration," 10 July 2018 Basualdo, 53, heads that contemporary department and has forged a deep relationship with Nauman, acquiring several of the artist’s works for the PMA collection. Stephan Salisbury,, "He's shaping the Philadelphia Museum of Art's future - and has a past you wouldn't believe," 9 July 2018 Pets aside, Jenner and Woods also dropped a serious reveal: the two besties are teaming up for a makeup collection. Meagan Fredette,, "Kylie Jenner Revealed Her Dogs Are Protective Of Baby Stormi," 7 July 2018 Meanwhile, Zuhair Murad looked to Russia for his latest collection. Rhonda Richford, The Hollywood Reporter, "Fendi Embraces Faux Over Fur in Paris Couture Show," 5 July 2018 Huayang put the containers onto vessels in Shanghai, and Tsang would arrange for their collection at U.S. ports. Damian Paletta And Emily Rauhala,, "How one Chinese businessman became the largest fireworks supplier in the U.S.," 3 July 2018 These poetical explanations were nice but unnecessary for a collection that didn’t need any gimmicks to impress. Thomas Adamson, The Seattle Times, "Chanel recreates Paris for couture show celebrating the city," 3 July 2018 LibGen equated survival with redundancy, and so made both its collection and its software available to others. Joe Karaganis, Washington Post, "Russia is building a new Napster — but for academic research," 13 July 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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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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