(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.
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.
From Latin "oratio ad collectam" (prayer towards the congregation).