Synonyms & Antonyms of collect

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1 to gain emotional or mental control of
  • applicants should collect their thoughts while waiting to be interviewed

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2 to gradually form into a layer, pile, or mass
  • dust has been collecting under my bed for years

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3 to bring together from several sources into a single volume or list
  • collected the author's early short stories, which were originally published in several obscure sci-fi magazines

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4 to bring together in one body or place
  • she collects antique silverware

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5 to come together into one body or place
  • a crowd collected at the beach as the sun slowly set over the horizon

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Synonyms of collect (Entry 2 of 2)

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How does the verb collect differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of collect are assemble, congregate, and gather. While all these words mean "to come or bring together into a group, mass, or unit," collect often implies careful selection or orderly arrangement.

collected books on gardening

When can assemble be used instead of collect?

The synonyms assemble and collect are sometimes interchangeable, but assemble implies an ordered union or organization of persons or things often for a definite purpose.

experts assembled for a conference

Where would congregate be a reasonable alternative to collect?

In some situations, the words congregate and collect are roughly equivalent. However, congregate implies a spontaneous flocking together into a crowd or huddle.

congregating under a shelter

When might gather be a better fit than collect?

Although the words gather and collect have much in common, gather is the most general term for bringing or coming together from a spread-out or scattered state.

a crowd quickly gathered

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The first known use of collect was in the 13th century

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“Collect.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2021.

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