- 1Bring or gather together (things, typically when scattered or widespread): he went around the office collecting old coffee cups he collected up all his clothingMore example sentences
- They shot at anything and everything, except the clays, which were often collected up unscathed and reused.
- This post collects a number of these political discussions.
- We're collecting emergency numbers from the workers today.
- 1.1Accumulate and store over a period of time: collect rainwater to use on the gardenMore example sentences
- To counter the drain on scarce water supplies, rainwater will be collected in underground tanks and a new breed of wildlife-rich village pond.
- At present rain water is being collected in large storage dams and reticulated to the end consumer via a network of pipes, pumps and treatment plant to ensure drinking water quality.
- Rainwater can be collected in plenty during rainy seasons, but we waste it by allowing it to flow into the sea.
- 1.2Systematically seek and acquire (items of a particular kind) as a hobby: I’ve started collecting stamps [no object]: the urge to collect, to have the full set, is in us allMore example sentences
- He doesn't have any hobbies - doesn't collect anything or travel anywhere; doesn't read or listen to music.
- Her newest hobby is collecting each of the new Euro coins from each country.
- Mr. G. Sethuraman, an active philatelist who has been collecting stamps since 1974, says this hobby has a high knowledge-gaining potential.
- 1.3 [no object] Come together and form a group or mass: worshipers collected together in a stadium dust and dirt collect so quicklyMore example sentences
- Hollin has collected together a range of individuals and collaborators to provide a concise but comprehensive overview of the principles and premises inherent in this area.
- It defines the word assembly as a company of persons collected together in one place usually for a common purpose.
- Since the particles start with zero energy, this means that by the time they have collected together to form a star or a planet they have negative energy.
- 2Call for and take away; fetch: the children were collected from schoolMore example sentences
fetch, go/come to get, call for, meet
- Swinford players will be collected up at the Gateway Hotel, Swinford at 8.15 am.
- Meet your coach, collect the right number of departing guests from their hotels and get them to the airport - then do the same in reverse for the arrivals.
- If you want to be one of the DJ's, you need to arrive at the venue at 7: 00 pm to collect your number (more details to follow).
- 2.1Go somewhere and accept or receive (something), especially as a right or due: she went to Oxford to collect her honorary degreeMore example sentences
- The 72 year old was in town to collect an honorary ACTRA award.
- Battier's varied gifts as a player make him the favorite to claim all the awards Martin collected this season.
- The 54-year-old actress is speaking to me at the America Film Festival in Deauville, where she is collecting a lifetime achievement award.
- 2.2Solicit and receive (donations), especially for charity: collecting money for the war effort [no object]: we collected for the United WayMore example sentences
- The funeral took place this morning at St Peter's Church in Mill Hill where donations were collected for MacMillan Nurses.
- Thankfully a large sum of money has been collected for the Irish Wheelchair Association.
- A nice website has been established in her memory and a charitable trust is collecting donations to support the kinds of causes for which she gave her life.
- 3 (collect oneself) Regain control of oneself, typically after a shock.More example sentences
recover, regain one's composure, pull oneself together, steady oneself• informal get a grip (on oneself)
- Cougre took the hint and collected herself, regaining her calm.
- Everybody nearly jumped out of their skin as the voice suddenly spat out at us, and it took us a great while to collect ourselves from the shock.
- He was silent for a short while, trying to regain his composure and collect himself.
- 5Cause (a horse) to bring its hind legs further forward as it moves, thereby shortening the stride and increasing balance and impulsion.More example sentences
- This is an easy way to encourage the horse to collect as he halts which will be a paramount balance skill later on.
- ‘I began learning our pocket going around barrels and how to rate and collect him, and he caught on fast’ says Harmon.
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- (With reference to a telephone call) to be paid for by the person receiving it: [as adverb]: I called my mother collect [as adjective]: a collect callMore example sentences
- And Mother's Day is the second highest day for collect calls.
- I cannot imagine the mindset of a man who thinks that a sex worker is going to take a collect call from anyone - let alone someone who's in jail.
- Bart must apologize to Australia after he tricks a boy from down under into accepting an expensive collect call.
late Middle English: from Old French collecter or medieval Latin collectare, from Latin collect- 'gathered together', from the verb colligere, from col- 'together' + legere 'choose or collect'.
- (In church use) a short prayer, especially one assigned to a particular day or season.More example sentences
- However, a new type of short full anthem, often a setting of one of the seasonal collects, gained in popularity after about 1800.
- This kind of evangelism is far more persuasive than simply publishing the world's best book of new collects, calls to worship, or Eucharistic prayers.
- The Australian Prayer Book has a somewhat revised version of the collect found in the ASB 1980.
Middle English: from Old French collecte, from Latin collecta 'gathering', feminine past participle of colligere 'gather together' (see collect1).