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collect

verb uk   us   /kəˈlekt/

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?

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.
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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.
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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.

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.

collect

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

collect

adjective, adverb uk   us   /kəˈlekt/ 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.
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