Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “collect”

See all translations

collect

verb [I/T]  /kəˈlekt/ us  

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]  /kəˈlekt/ us  

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

beginner's luck

unexpected success experienced by a person who is just starting a particular activity

Word of the Day

Think long and hard; the language of decisions

by Liz Walter,
January 28, 2015
One of the best ways (perhaps the best way) to improve your English is to learn how words go together in phrases, idioms, or other patterns such as verb/noun or adjective/noun pairs (often called ‘collocations’). This blog looks at some useful phrases and collocations connected with the subject of decisions, something we

Read More 

micro pig noun

January 26, 2015
an extremely small pig, bred to be a pet Micro pigs have become popular pets recently, with famous owners including Victoria Beckham, Paris Hilton and Olympic diver, Tom Daley.

Read More