Definition of Collect

1. Noun. A short prayer generally preceding the lesson in the Church of Rome or the Church of England.

Generic synonyms: Orison, Petition, Prayer

2. Verb. Get or gather together. "They collect the money in the closet"; "She rolled up a small fortune"

3. Adjective. Payable by the recipient on delivery. "A COD parcel"
Exact synonyms: Cod
Similar to: Due

4. Adverb. Make a telephone call or mail a package so that the recipient pays. "Send a package collect"

5. Verb. Call for and obtain payment of. "He collected the rent"
Exact synonyms: Take In
Generic synonyms: Take
Specialized synonyms: Farm, Raise
Derivative terms: Collectible, Collector

6. Verb. Assemble or get together. "Pull your thoughts together"

7. Verb. Get or bring together. "Accumulate evidence"
Exact synonyms: Pull In
Specialized synonyms: Archive, File Away, Beat Up, Drum Up, Rally
Generic synonyms: Accumulate, Amass, Compile, Hoard, Pile Up, Roll Up
Derivative terms: Collecting, Collection

8. Verb. Gather or collect. "They pick up our trash twice a week"
Exact synonyms: Call For, Gather Up, Pick Up
Generic synonyms: Acquire, Get
Derivative terms: Pickup

Definition of Collect

1. v. t. To gather into one body or place; to assemble or bring together; to obtain by gathering.

2. v. i. To assemble together; as, the people collected in a crowd; to accumulate; as, snow collects in banks.

3. n. A short, comprehensive prayer, adapted to a particular day, occasion, or condition, and forming part of a liturgy.

Definition of Collect

1. Verb. (transitive) To gather together; amass. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To get; particularly, get from someone. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To accumulate a number of similar or related (objects), particularly for a hobby or recreation. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive now rare) To form a conclusion; to deduce, infer. (Compare (term gather), (term get).) ¹

5. Verb. (intransitive often with ''on'' or ''against'') To collect payments. ¹

6. Verb. (intransitive) To come together in a group or mass. ¹

7. Verb. (intransitive) To collect objects as a hobby. ¹

8. Adjective. To be paid for by the recipient, as a telephone call or a shipment. ¹

9. Adverb. With payment due from the recipient. ¹

10. Noun. (Christianity) The prayer said before the reading of the epistle lesson, especially one found in a prayerbook, as with the Book of Common Prayer. ¹

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Definition of Collect

1. to bring together in a group [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Collect

collect (current term)
collect call
collect dust
collect one's thoughts
collect one's wits
collect up

Literary usage of Collect

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"З.-^collect. Tliat in the Stowe and Bobbio Ordinaries is "Deus qui de beato Petro", the collect for St. Peter's Day, "iii Kal Julias" in the Gelasian ..."

2. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1889)
"This deed was not only upheld and enforced by the decree of December 14,1880, but also the power of the substituted trustee to collect the assessment by ..."

3. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1850)
"... as it may assist in spreading further and wider the knowledge he has been at so great pains to collect, and make it both more public and useful at once. ..."

4. The Federal and State Constitutions: Colonial Charters, and Other Organic by Francis N. Thorpe, United States (1909)
"The legislature may authorize county and municipal corporations to levy and collect assessments for local improvements upon property benefited thereby, ..."

5. The History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides, Henry Dale, Thomas Arnold (1873)
"They wished too, at the same time, to collect money in the island, and to get a supply from Athens ; as also to win over some of the cities to their cause, ..."

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