The action or process of collecting someone or something
a collection of stolen items
A collection of works of art or other objects lent by various owners for an exhibition
A collection of documents or other items belonging to a church.
The action or process of collecting refuse for disposal
A collection (especially of works of art) in private possession.
A charitable collection taken from those departing at the end of an event (especially a church service).
An accumulation of refuse (now rare).
A collection of materials, especially valuable books or manuscripts, which is kept separate from other materials in a library and usually has stricter access rights; (also in plural) the department of a library that maintains such a collection.
A collectiion of donations from people as they leave an event, typically for a charity or to cover the expenses of performers or speakers at the event itself