Meaning of COLLECT in English


I. ˈkä-likt also -ˌlekt noun

Etymology: Middle English collecte, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin collecta (short for oratio ad collectam prayer upon assembly), from Late Latin, assembly, from Latin, assemblage, from feminine of collectus

Date: 13th century

1. : a short prayer comprising an invocation, petition, and conclusion ; specifically often capitalized : one preceding the eucharistic Epistle and varying with the day

2. : collection

II. kə-ˈlekt verb

Etymology: Latin collectus, past participle of colligere to collect, from com- + legere to gather — more at legend

Date: 1563

transitive verb


a. : to bring together into one body or place

b. : to gather or exact from a number of persons or sources

collect taxes

c. : to gather an accumulation of (objects) especially as a hobby

collect s stamps

2. : infer , deduce

3. : to gain or regain control of

collect his thoughts

4. : to claim as due and receive payment for

5. : to get and bring with one ; specifically : pick up

went to collect her at the train station

intransitive verb

1. : to come together in a band, group, or mass : gather


a. : to collect objects

b. : to receive payment

collect ing on the insurance

Synonyms: see gather

III. kə-ˈlekt adverb or adjective

Date: 1893

: to be paid for by the receiver

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