collect Meaning in Cambridge American English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of "collect" - American English Dictionary

See all translations

collectverb [I/T]

 us   /kəˈlekt/

collect verb [I/T] (GATHER)

to come or bring together from a variety of places or over a period of time: [I] A crowd of people soon collected at the scene of the accident. [T] Information about employment is collected from every state. People sometimes collect one particular type of object as a hobby: [T] I’ve got three kids who collect football cards.

collect verb [I/T] (RECEIVE)

to receive money that you are owed or have earned: [T] You can begin to collect benefits under Social Security at age 62.

collectadjective, adverb [not gradable]

 us   /kəˈlekt/

collect adjective, adverb [not gradable] (BY TELEPHONE)

(of a telephone call or the act of calling) done in a way that will be paid by the person receiving it: a collect call You can call me collect.
(Definition of collect from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of collect?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More American English definitions for “collect”

Definitions of “collect” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day
avatar

an image that represents you in online games, chat rooms, etc. and that you can move around the screen

Word of the Day

July 4th, Bastille Day, and the language of revolution.
July 4th, Bastille Day, and the language of revolution.
by Liz Walter,
July 01, 2015
With America’s Independence Day on the 4th and France’s Bastille Day on the 14th, July certainly has a revolutionary theme, so this blog looks at words and phrases we use to talk about the dramatic and nation-changing events that these days celebrate. In particular, it focuses on one of the most important

Read More 

burger noun
burger noun
June 29, 2015
a menu on a computer screen comprising three short parallel horizontal lines which the user clicks to see options Definitely use a burger. You could put the settings in the burger menu too. Fix the settings to the bottom of the burger menu and use a vertically scrolling contact list that scrolls behind

Read More