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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

1. To gather, as separate persons or things, into one body or place; to assemble or bring together; as, to collect men into an army; to collect ideas; to collect particulars into one sum.
2. To gain by observation or information.
From all that can be collected, the public peace will not soon be interrupted.
3. To gather from premises; to infer as a consequence.
Which consequence, I conceive, is very ill collected.
4. To gather money or revenue from debtors; to demand and receive; as, to collect taxes; to collect the customs; to collect accounts, or debts.
5. To gather, as crops; to reap, mow or pick, and secure in proper repositories; as, to collect hay, corn or fruits.
6. To draw together; to bring into united action; as, to collect all the strength, or all the powers of the mind.
7. To obtain from contribution.
To collect ones self, is to recover from surprise, or a disconcerted state; to gain command over the thoughts, when dispersed; over the passions, when tumultuous; or the mind, when dismayed.
COLLECT, v.i. To run together; to accumulate; as, pus collects in an abscess; sand or snow collects in banks.
1. A short comprehensive prayer; a prayer adapted to a particular day or occasion.
2. A collection or gathering of money.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: payable by the recipient on delivery; "a collect call"; "the letter came collect"; "a COD parcel" [syn: collect, cod] n
1: a short prayer generally preceding the lesson in the Church of Rome or the Church of England v
1: get or gather together; "I am accumulating evidence for the man's unfaithfulness to his wife"; "She is amassing a lot of data for her thesis"; "She rolled up a small fortune" [syn: roll up, collect, accumulate, pile up, amass, compile, hoard]
2: call for and obtain payment of; "we collected over a million dollars in outstanding debts"; "he collected the rent" [syn: collect, take in]
3: assemble or get together; "gather some stones"; "pull your thoughts together" [syn: gather, garner, collect, pull together] [ant: distribute, spread]
4: get or bring together; "accumulate evidence" [syn: collect, pull in]
5: gather or collect; "You can get the results on Monday"; "She picked up the children at the day care center"; "They pick up our trash twice a week" [syn: collect, pick up, gather up, call for] adv
1: make a telephone call or mail a package so that the recipient pays; "call collect"; "send a package collect"

Merriam Webster's

I. 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. verb Etymology: Latin collectus, past participle of colligere to collect, from com- + legere to gather more at legend Date: 1563 transitive verb 1. 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 <collects 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 2. a. to collect objects b. to receive payment <collecting on the insurance> Synonyms: see gather III. adverb or adjective Date: 1893 to be paid for by the receiver

Oxford Reference Dictionary

1. v., adj., & adv. --v. 1 tr. & intr. bring or come together; assemble, accumulate. 2 tr. systematically seek and acquire (books, stamps, etc.), esp. as a continuing hobby. 3 a tr. obtain (taxes, contributions, etc.) from a number of people. b intr. colloq. receive money. 4 tr. call for; fetch (went to collect the laundry). 5 a refl. regain control of oneself esp. after a shock. b tr. concentrate (one's energies, thoughts, etc.). c tr. (as collected adj.) calm and cool; not perturbed or distracted. 6 tr. infer, gather, conclude. --adj. & adv. US to be paid for by the receiver (of a telephone call, parcel, etc.). Derivatives: collectable adj. collectedly adv. Etymology: F collecter or med.L collectare f. L collectus past part. of colligere (as COM-, legere pick) 2. n. a short prayer of the Anglican and Roman Catholic Church, esp. one assigned to a particular day or season. Etymology: ME f. OF collecte f. L collecta fem. past part. of colligere: see COLLECT(1)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Collect Col*lect", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Collected; p. pr. & vb. n. Collecting.] [L. collecrus, p. p. of collerige to bind together; col- + legere to gather: cf. OF. collecter. See Legend, and cf. Coil, v. t., Cull, v. t.] 1. To gather into one body or place; to assemble or bring together; to obtain by gathering. A band of men Collected choicely from each country. --Shak. 'Tis memory alone that enriches the mind, by preserving what our labor and industry daily collect. --Watts. 2. To demand and obtain payment of, as an account, or other indebtedness; as, to collect taxes. 3. To infer from observed facts; to conclude from premises. [Archaic.] --Shak. Which sequence, I conceive, is very ill collected. --Locke. To collect one's self, to recover from surprise, embarrassment, or fear; to regain self-control. Syn: To gather; assemble; congregate; muster; accumulate; garner; aggregate; amass; infer; deduce.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Collect Col*lect", v. i. 1. To assemble together; as, the people collected in a crowd; to accumulate; as, snow collects in banks. 2. To infer; to conclude. [Archaic] Whence some collect that the former word imports a plurality of persons. --South.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Collect Col"lect, n. [LL. collecta, fr. L. collecta a collection in money; an assemblage, fr. collerige: cf. F. collecte. See Collect, v. t.] A short, comprehensive prayer, adapted to a particular day, occasion, or condition, and forming part of a liturgy. The noble poem on the massacres of Piedmont is strictly a collect in verse. --Macaulay.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(collects, collecting, collected) Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English. 1. If you collect a number of things, you bring them together from several places or from several people. Two young girls were collecting firewood... 1.5 million signatures have been collected. = gather VERB: V n, V n 2. If you collect things, such as stamps or books, as a hobby, you get a large number of them over a period of time because they interest you. One of Tony's hobbies was collecting rare birds. VERB: V n collecting ...hobbies like stamp collecting and fishing. N-UNCOUNT: with supp, oft n N 3. When you collect someone or something, you go and get them from the place where they are waiting for you or have been left for you. (BRIT; in AM, usually use pick up) David always collects Alistair from school on Wednesdays... After collecting the cash, the kidnapper made his escape down the disused railway line. = pick up VERB: V n from n, V n 4. If a substance collects somewhere, or if something collects it, it keeps arriving over a period of time and is held in that place or thing. Methane gas does collect in the mines around here. ...water tanks which collect rainwater from the house roof. VERB: V prep/adv, V n, also V 5. If something collects light, energy, or heat, it attracts it. Like a telescope it has a curved mirror to collect the sunlight. VERB: V n 6. If you collect for a charity or for a present for someone, you ask people to give you money for it. Are you collecting for charity?... They collected donations for a fund to help military families. VERB: V for n, V n for n, also V n 7. If you collect yourself or collect your thoughts, you make an effort to calm yourself or prepare yourself mentally. She paused for a moment to collect herself... He was grateful for a chance to relax and collect his thoughts. = compose VERB: V pron-refl, V n 8. A collect call is a telephone call that is paid for by the person receiving it, not the person making it. (AM) She received a collect phone call from Alaska. ADJ: ADJ n If you call collect when you make a telephone call, the person who you are phoning pays the cost of the call and not you. Should you lose your ticket call collect on STA's helpline. PHRASE: V inflects

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

v. a. 1. Gather, assemble, muster, bring together. 2. Accumulate, amass, aggregate, garner, heap up, garner up, scrape together. 3. (Rare.) Infer, deduce, argue, consider probable.

Moby Thesaurus

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