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 amp; 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, coll&emacron;ct- : com-, com- + legere, to gather; see leg- in Indo-European roots.
Origin of collectMiddle English collecte, from Old French, from Medieval Latin coll&emacron;cta, short for (&omacron;rati&omacron; ad) coll&emacron;ctam, (prayer at the) gathering, from Latin coll&emacron;ctus, gathered, past participle of colligere, to gather; see collect1.
(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.