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verb [with object]
1bring or gather together (things, typically when scattered or widespread):he went around the office collecting old coffee cups he collected up all his clothing accumulate and store over a period of time:collect rainwater to use on the garden systematically 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 all [no object] come together and form a group or mass:worshipers collected together in a stadium dust and dirt collect so quickly 2call for and take away; fetch:the children were collected from school go somewhere and accept or receive (something), especially as a right or due:she went to Oxford to collect her honorary degree solicit and receive (donations), especially for charity:collecting money for the war effort [no object]:we collected for the United Way receive (money that is due); be paid: [with object]:they called to collect a debt [no object]:he’d come to collect 3
) regain control of oneself, typically after a shock.
bring together and concentrate (one’s thoughts). 4 archaic conclude; infer:by all best conjectures, I collect Thou art to be my fatal enemy 5cause (a horse) to bring its hind legs further forward as it moves, thereby shortening the stride and increasing balance and impulsion.
adverb & adjective North American
(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 call