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collect
British English: /kəˈlɛkt/
American English: /kəˈlɛkt/

Translation of collect in French:

noun

adverb

  • (American English) (Telecommunications)to call somebody collect
    appeler quelqu'un en PCV

transitive verb

  • 1 (gather)
    ramasser (wood, leaves, litter, eggs)
    rassembler (information, facts, evidence, documents)
    recueillir (signatures)
    she collected (up) her belongings
    elle a ramassé ses affaires
    to collect one's wits
    rassembler ses esprits
    to collect one's strength
    rassembler or ramasser ses forces
    to collect one's thoughts
    se recueillir
  • 5 (take away)
    ramasser (tickets, empty bottles, rubbish)
    faire la levée de (mail, post)
    I arranged to have the parcel collected
    j'ai pris des dispositions pour qu'on aille chercher le paquet
    what time is the post collected?
    à quelle heure est la levée (du courrier)?
    ‘buyer collects’
    (in small ad) ‘à venir chercher sur place’
  • 6 (pick up)
    aller chercher, passer prendre (person)
    récupérer (keys, book etc)
    I have to collect the children from school
    il faut que j'aille chercher or que je passe prendre les enfants à l'école
    she collected the keys from a neighbour
    elle a récupéré les clés chez un voisin
    to collect a suit from the cleaners
    passer prendre un costume chez le teinturier

intransitive verb

  • 1 (accumulate, gather)
    (substance, dust, leaves)
    s'accumuler
    (crowd)
    se rassembler, se réunir
  • 2 (raise money)to collect for charity/famine victims
    faire la quête pour des bonnes œuvres/les victimes de la famine

also: collected past participle adjective

  • 1
    (person)
    calme
    she remained cool, calm and collected
    elle a gardé son sang-froid
  • 2 (assembled) the collected works of Dickens
    les œuvres complètes de Dickens
    the collected poems of W. B. Yeats
    la collection complète des poèmes de W. B. Yeats

reflexive verb

  • to collect oneself
    se reprendre

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