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
sprint

a short and very fast race, such as the 100 metres, or the last part of a longer race that is run as fast as possible

Word of the Day

Are you a glass-half-full person? (Everyday Idioms)
Are you a glass-half-full person? (Everyday Idioms)
by Kate Woodford,
July 29, 2015
A reader of this blog recently asked for a post on idioms that are used in everyday English. This seemed like a reasonable request. After all, if you are going to make the effort to learn a set of English idioms, you want those idioms to be useful. The question, then, was

Read More 

exoskeleton noun
exoskeleton noun
July 27, 2015
a robotic device which goes around the legs and part of the body of a person who cannot walk and allows them to move independently and in an upright position The device, known as an exoskeleton, is strapped to the outside of a person’s limbs and can then be controlled by them.

Read More