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collect

verb [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.

collect

adjective, 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.
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