A man collects trash on the beach.
- An example of to collect is having hundreds of rooster statues.
- An example of to collect is picking up trash on the beach.
- An example of to collect is an agency calling to get money from a debtor to pay an outstanding debt.
- to gather together; assemble
- to gather (stamps, books, etc.) as a hobby
- to call for and receive (money) for (rent, a fund, taxes, bills, etc.)
- to regain control of (oneself or one's wits); summon up (one's faculties or powers)
- Now Chiefly Brit. to pick up; fetch
Origin of collectMiddle English collecten from Old French collecter from Classical Latin collectus: see collect
- to gather; assemble: a crowd collected
- to accumulate: water collects in the basement
- to collect payments, contributions, etc.
Origin of collectMiddle English and Old French collecte from Late Latin collecta, a gathering together of ideas from the day's reading from L, a gathering, contribution of money from collectus, past participle of colligere from com-, together + legere, to gather from Indo-European base an unverified form le?-, to collect from source leech
verbcol·lect·ed, col·lect·ing, col·lects
- a. To bring together in a group or mass; gather: The teacher collected the exams.b. To accumulate as a hobby or for study: collect old coins; collect folk tales. See Synonyms at gather.
- To call for and obtain payment of: collect taxes.
- To be the site for (an accumulating mass), especially as a consequence of disuse or neglect: My guitar is collecting dust in the corner.
- To recover control of: collect one's emotions.
- To call for (someone); pick up: collected the children and drove home.
- To come together in a group or mass; gather: Sand collected in the crevices.
- To take in payments or donations: collecting for charity.
Origin of collectMiddle English collecten from Latin colligere collēct- com- com- legere to gather ; see leg- in Indo-European roots.
Origin of collectMiddle English collecte from Old French from Medieval Latin collēcta short for (ōrātiō ad) collēctam (prayer at the) gathering from Latin collēctus gathered past participle of colligere to gather ; see collect 1.
(third-person singular simple present collects, present participle collecting, simple past and past participle collected)
- To gather together; amass.
- Suzanne collected all the papers she had laid out.
- To get; particularly, get from someone.
- A bank collects a monthly payment on a client's new car loan. A mortgage company collects a monthly payment on a house.
- To accumulate a number of similar or related (objects), particularly for a hobby or recreation.
- John Henry collects stamps.
- (now rare) To form a conclusion; to deduce, infer. (Compare gather, get.)
- (intransitive, often with on or against) To collect payments.
- He had a lot of trouble collecting on that bet he made.
- (intransitive) To come together in a group or mass.
- The rain collected in puddles.
- (intransitive) To collect objects as a hobby.
- I don't think he collects as much as hoards.
- To infer; to conclude.
- To be paid for by the recipient, as a telephone call or a shipment.
- It was to be a collect delivery, but no-one was available to pay.
- With payment due from the recipient.
- I had to call collect.
From Middle English collecten, from Old French collecter, from Medieval Latin collectare (“to collect money”), from Latin collecta (“a collection of money, in Late Latin a meeting, assemblage, in Medieval Latin a tax, also an assembly for prayer, a prayer”), feminine of collectus, past participle of colligere, conligere (“to gather together, collect, consider, conclude, infer”), from com- (“together”) + legere (“to gather”).
(plural collects) (sometimes capitalized)
- (Christianity) The prayer said before the reading of the epistle lesson, especially one found in a prayerbook, as with the Book of Common Prayer.
- He used the day's collect as the basis of his sermon.