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English definition of “collect”

collect

verb (CONTROL)    /kəˈlekt/
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
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