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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Recent Examples on the Web

Irwin now faces scrutiny because her husband, Jon Irwin, is COO for Ring, the home security and video doorbell company acquired by Amazon that will face stricter regulation of its data collection practices as a result of the law. Fortune, "Indra Nooyi: ‘We Need Our Own Sisterhood’," 17 Sep. 2019 Happy Monday and welcome to another edition of The Monitor, WIRED's collection of all things pop culture. Wired, "James Gunn Tweeted The Suicide Squad Cast and It's Insane," 16 Sep. 2019 No one among South Alabama’s collection of young backs has Minter’s combination of speed, power, vision and experience. Creg Stephenson |, al, "5 things we learned from South Alabama’s 42-6 loss to Memphis," 16 Sep. 2019 Net tax collections are also higher than expected in the current fiscal year that began July 1. USA TODAY, "Fugitive pig, proverb library, sodium warnings: News from around our 50 states," 16 Sep. 2019 Grant said more funding could be looked at but the state should also consider improving data collection on guardians to improve monitoring of cases. Gray Rohrer,, "DeSantis, Florida lawmakers consider changes in troubled guardianship program," 16 Sep. 2019 Her special appearance at Beckham’s collection was just another brilliant style moment for the Oscar-winning actress. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Helen Mirren Is Having the Best Time at London Fashion Week," 16 Sep. 2019 Adam has a plasma globe that produces electric discharges known as Lichtenberg figures (the title of Lerner’s first poetry collection). Christine Smallwood, Harper's magazine, "Novel, Essay, Poem," 16 Sep. 2019 Discover Wisconsin’s largest collection of farm tools and machinery at the Stonefield Historic Site Sept. 21-22. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Septemberfest, Oktoberfest, and more to do around Wisconsin this week," 15 Sep. 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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