- 1Bring or gather together (a number of things): he went round the office collecting old coffee cupsMore 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.
- 1.1 [no object] Come together and form a group: a small crowd collected at the back doorMore 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.
- 1.2Systematically seek and acquire (items of a particular kind) as a hobby: I’ve started collecting stampsMore 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.
- 1.3Accumulate 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.
- 2Call for and take away; fetch: the children were collected from schoolMore example sentences
- 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).
- 2.1Call for and obtain (payments) from a number of people: he collected their rent each weekMore example sentences
- Fakhruz Zaman approached Shemon Miah when he called at the Saffron Spice restaurant in Peatmoor on behalf of his father to collect a bill payment from the owner, Swindon Crown Court was told.
- She's moved a few miles away from my patch and asked if I would still collect her payments, because she was used to me calling.
- A few days later he delivers them and collects the payment.
- 2.2Go somewhere and receive (something) as a right or award: she came 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.
- 2.3Ask for and receive (charitable donations): they were collecting money for the war effortMore 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: he paused for a moment to take a breath, to collect himselfMore example sentences
- 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.
- 3.1Concentrate (one’s thoughts): she returned to her room to collect her thoughts
- 5Cause (a horse) to bring its hind legs further forward as it moves: a rider should want to be able to collect a horse when hackingMore 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 collectMore 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.
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- A winning bet.More example sentences
- But on a win basis Lonhro bombed out, she also would not have given you a collect on the quinella, trifecta or exacta.
- You can pick it on jockeys, trainers, form and even a dart at the board at you have just as good a chance as getting a collect.
- While I was away I have had two collects, not big ones, but collects just the same.
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).