Definition of collection in English:


Line breaks: col|lec¦tion
Pronunciation: /kəˈlɛkʃ(ə)n


  • 1 [mass noun] The action or process of collecting someone or something: the collection of data refuse collection she left the envelope in the office for collection
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    • First, a call from the salesman to tell me the car had arrived and was in process of being ‘made ready’ for collection on Thursday.
    • Household waste presented for collection in refuse sacks or cardboard boxes will not be collected by Council staff.
    • Then, it must be left ready for collection by a designated collector.
  • 1.1 [count noun] A regular removal of mail for dispatch or of refuse for disposal: withdrawal of the Sunday collections
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    • From today, Tuesday, all items that cannot be disposed of in regular collections can be dropped off at the centre.
    • The crisis is affecting all aspects of life in the rural community with refuse collections and postal services to farms affected by the restrictions placed on people entering and leaving farmland.
    • The post office has refused to make collections from a post box but as soon as the cameras are in, I shall be writing in the hope the box will be reopened.
  • 1.2 [count noun] An instance of collecting money in a church service or for a charity: a collection is to be taken up for the Ecclesiastical Students Fund
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    • She said churches had raised the money both through collections at services and through coffee mornings and other fund-raising events.
    • She was very helpful and had a great community spirit, always willing to help out at the Church, charitable collections etc.
    • In the Old Testament, Judas Maccabeus took up a collection that he sent to Jerusalem as a sin offering.
  • 1.3 [count noun] A sum of money raised during a church or charity collection.
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    • Furthermore, the Talmud provides a budget detailing how the Temple's collections should be expended.
  • 3 (collections) British College examinations held at the beginning or end of a term, especially at Oxford University.
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    • Revising for two collections + new term work is dull.
    • However I'm not quite sure what he means by ‘this term's achievements’ - collections?


late Middle English: via Old French from Latin collectio(n-), from colligere 'gather together' (see collect1).

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