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"collect" in British English

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collectverb

uk   /kəˈlekt/ us   /kəˈlekt/
  • collect verb (GET)

A2 [T] mainly 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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collectnoun [C]

uk   /kəˈlekt/ us   /kəˈlekt/
a short prayer that is said during some Christian religious ceremonies

collectadjective, adverb

uk   /kəˈlekt/ us   /kəˈlekt/ US
(Definition of collect from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"collect" in American English

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collectverb [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.

collectadjective, adverb [not gradable]

us   /kəˈlekt/
(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)

"collect" in Business English

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collectverb

uk   /kəˈlekt/ us  
[T] to buy and keep a particular type of thing as a hobby or an investment: She mostly collects American art.
[T] to bring information together from different places: collect information/data/evidence Market research companies collect data on consumers' preferences.
[T] FINANCE to ask for and get money that is owed: collect debts/fees/payments/taxes Collecting taxes on services is tricky, and e-commerce can only make it harder.collect revenue/rent Why not buy a property and collect the rent yourself?
[I or T] FINANCE to receive a payment that you have a right to have: collect insurance/a pension/social security Employees with more than 20 years service can collect a full pension.collect on insurance/an investment When he died, she collected on his life insurance.
[T] BANKING to arrange for the amount written on a cheque to be paid out of a bank account: When a bank clerk indorses a check, the bank collecting the check guarantees that the indorsement is genuine.

collectadjective, adverb

uk   /kəˈlekt/ us   US
COMMUNICATIONS if someone phones collect or makes a collect phone call, the person they phone pays for the call: Computer-based phone dialing equipment makes it possible to place a collect call without using an operator.
(Definition of collect from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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