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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Baby Phat fans, look out for a collaboration debut this summer and an official collection launch in the Fall. Jessica Andrews, Teen Vogue, "Kimora Lee Simmons’ Baby Phat Is Relaunching This Summer," 11 Mar. 2019 Born and raised in South Africa, Skok developed one collection around some of the country’s native plants, like spindly green fynbos and spiky pink King protea. House Beautiful, "There's Pattern in Every Room of This Designer's Happy Home," 7 Mar. 2019 In January, the brand also announced the closure of its New York collection flagship store at 654 Madison Ave. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Calvin Klein Is Reportedly Shutting Down Its Runway Collection," 6 Mar. 2019 Levi's: Drop clean denim items of any brand into in-store collection boxes to receive 20% off a single regularly price item. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "9 New Ways to Donate Your Clothes," 27 Feb. 2019 Models present creations by Karl Lagerfeld as part of Chanel’s spring and summer 2019 collection in Paris in October. Suzanne Kapner, WSJ, "Keeping Chanel on Top in the Post-Lagerfeld Era," 22 Feb. 2019 Tisci took to Instagram to issue a heartfelt formal apology for the Fall 2019 collection piece. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Burberry and Riccardo Tisci Apologize After Sending a Noose Hoodie Down the Runway," 22 Feb. 2019 The Museum of Fine Arts, in a former abbey on the Presqu’ile, has an impressive collection ranging from Egyptian antiquities to Impressionist paintings, and its inner courtyard is a pleasant place to take a peaceful break from city streets. Rick Steves' Europe, The Seattle Times, "Loving Lyon: France’s culinary capital is off the tourist path," 20 Feb. 2019 Target has just announced the launch date for the designing couple's latest collection of Hearth & Hand with Magnolia. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Chip and Jo Gaines's New Hearth & Hand Collection for Target Has Jadeite, Chic Table Linens, and More," 19 Feb. 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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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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