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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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 Kavander said the village’s gross income tax collection for December was $347,524, an increase of almost $13,500 over December 2019. cleveland, "Orange council OKs purchase of prefab restroom building at park," 11 Feb. 2021 And, of course, there was Amanda Gorman, the first-ever Super Bowl poet, who chose a light blue coat with crystal detailing from Moschino’s spring ‘21 collection for her powerful performance. Eliza Huber,, "Miley Cyrus Took A Cue From Harry Styles For Her Super Bowl Look," 8 Feb. 2021 The poems in the collection revolve around Southern culture, Black resilience to white supremacy, blues and jazz and more. NBC News, "Amanda Gorman and the Black poets who influence her work," 6 Feb. 2021 Ann Cavoukian, the project's lead expert and consultant, left the project over concerns about the lack of anonymity in data collection. Kaelan Deese, Washington Examiner, "Nevada proposal would let tech companies create local governments," 5 Feb. 2021 In 2019, company researchers reported using the list to filter the web pages included in a collection of billions of words scraped from the web called the Colossal Clean Crawled Corpus. Tom Simonite, Wired, "AI and the List of Dirty, Naughty, Obscene, and Otherwise Bad Words," 4 Feb. 2021 Each item in this collection is made from the brand’s hard anodized nonstick coating. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "All-Clad cookware sets are more than half off right now at Macy's," 28 Jan. 2021 Moore opened the show at Kim Jones’s debut couture collection for Fendi in Paris, staged at the Palais Brongniart within a spectacular maze-like set of perspex walls. Liam Hess, Vogue, "Demi Moore Was the Surprise Runway Star of Fendi Couture," 27 Jan. 2021 Shell collection for the program recently resumed, raising a cheer from local restaurants. Ian Mcnulty | Staff Writer,, "Oysters delivered, along with shucking lessons, aim to help protect Louisiana's coast," 22 Jan. 2021

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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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19 Feb 2021

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“Collection.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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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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