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collect

verb uk   /kəˈlekt/ us  

collect verb (AS A HOBBY)

A2 [T] to get and keep things of one type such as stamps or coins as a hobby: She collects dolls. So when did you start collecting antique glass?Collecting and amassing

collect verb (GET)

A2 [T] UK to go to a place and bring someone or something away from it: Your shoes will be repaired and ready for you to collect on Thursday. I'll collect you from the station.Transferring and transporting objectsTaking things away from someone or somewhereRemoving and getting rid of things

collect verb (BRING TOGETHER)

B1 [T] to bring something together from different places or over a period of time: After the party I collected (up) bottles from various parts of the house. These china ornaments just collect dust.Collecting and amassing

collect verb (GET MONEY)

B2 [T or I] to ask people to give you money for something, for example a charity: We're collecting (money) for the homeless. [T] to take money such as taxes, rents, etc.: The state collected about $1.2 million in taxes in January.Collecting and amassing

collect verb (COME TOGETHER)

[I] to come together from different places or over a period of time: A large crowd of reporters collected outside the prime minister's house. Rainwater collects in the barrel in the garden.

collect verb (CONTROL)

collect yourself/your thoughts C2 formal to get control of your feelings and thoughts, especially after shock, surprise, or laughter: I was so stunned by what he'd said I had to collect myself before I could reply.Self-control and moderation

collect

noun [C] uk   /kəˈlekt/ us  
a short prayer that is said during some Christian religious ceremoniesReligious ceremonies and prayers

collect

adjective, adverb uk   /kəˈlekt/ US us  
When you phone collect or make a collect phone call, the person you call pays for the call: I'd like to make a collect call. She called me collect.Communicating by telephone
(Definition of collect from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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