col|lect1 W2S1 [kəˈlekt] v
1¦(bring together)¦
2¦(keep objects)¦
4¦(money to help people)¦
5¦(increase in amount)¦
6¦(win something)¦
7 collect yourself/collect your thoughts
8¦(take somebody/something from a place)¦
Phrasal verbs
 collect something<=>up
[Date: 1500-1600; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of colligere, from com- ( COM-) + legere 'to gather']
to get things of the same type from different places and bring them together
→↑collection, collector ↑collector
After 25 years of collecting recipes, she has compiled them into a cookbook.
The company collects information about consumer trends.
We've been out collecting signatures for our petition.
2.) ¦(KEEP OBJECTS)¦ [T]
to get and keep objects of the same type, because you think they are attractive or interesting
→↑collection, collector ↑collector
Arlene collects teddy bears.
to get money that you are owed
collect tax/rent/a debt
The landlady came around once a month to collect the rent.
4.) ¦(MONEY TO HELP PEOPLE)¦ [I and T]
to ask people to give you money or goods for an organization that helps people
collect for
I'm collecting for Children in Need.
5.) ¦(INCREASE IN AMOUNT)¦ [I and T]
if something collects in a place, or you collect it there, it gradually increases in amount
Rain collected in pools on the road.
solar panels for collecting energy from the sun
I didn't know what to do with it, so it just sat there collecting dust .
to receive something because you have won a race, game etc
Redgrave collected his fifth Olympic gold medal in Sydney.
7.) collect yourself/collect your thoughts
to make an effort to remain calm and think clearly and carefully about something
I got there early so I had a few minutes to collect my thoughts before the meeting began.
especially BrE to come to a particular place in order to take someone or something away
American Equivalent: pick up
Martin's gone to collect the children from school.
I've got to go and collect the book I ordered from the library.
9.) ¦(CROWD)¦ [i]formal
to come together gradually to form a group of people
A crowd was beginning to collect around the scene of the accident.
collect up [collect sth<=>up] phr v
to pick up several things, and put them together
Can you collect up all the dirty plates and cups?
collect 2
collect2 adv AmE
call/phone sb collect
when you telephone someone collect, the person who receives the call pays for it
British Equivalent: reverse the charges
collect 3
col|lect3 [ˈkɔlıkt, -lekt US ˈka:-] n
[Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: collecte, from Medieval Latin collecta '(prayer for) a gathering', from Latin colligere; COLLECT1]
a short prayer in some Christian services

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