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"collection" in British English

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collectionnoun

uk   us   /kəˈlek.ʃən/

collection noun (THINGS TOGETHER)

B1 [C] a ​group of ​objects of one ​type that have been ​collected by one ​person or in one ​place: a ​privateart collection a ​valuablestamp collection [C] an ​amount of ​moneycollected from several ​people, or the ​act of ​collectingmoney: We're having a collection for Tom's ​retirementpresent.B1 [C] a lot of things or ​people: There's ​quite a collection of ​toothbrushes in the ​bathroom. [C] a ​range of new ​clothesproduced by one ​clothes designer : Kenzo's ​summer/​winter collection
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collection noun (GETTING)

B2 [C or U] the ​act of taking something away from a ​place: The ​photos will be ready for collection on ​Tuesdayafternoon. Which ​day is the ​rubbish collection?UK There are three collections a ​day from the ​postbox on the ​corner.
(Definition of collection from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"collection" in American English

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collectionnoun [C]

 us   /kəˈlek·ʃən/
money that ​people give for a ​specialpurpose, a ​person in need, or an ​organization: We’re taking (up) a collection for his ​retirementgift (= getting ​money from ​people who ​want to give it).
(Definition of collection from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"collection" in Business English

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collectionnoun

uk   us   /kəˈlekʃən/
[C or U] the ​act or ​job of taking something away from a ​place: We will ​inform you when your ​goods are ready for collection.refuse/waste collection Which ​publicauthority is ​responsible for ​waste collection?
[C or U] FINANCE the ​activity of ​collectingmoney that is ​owed, or the ​moneycollected: debt/rent/tax collection Last week, the ​statereported that ​tax collections are up 11.5% for this ​fiscalyear. I get involved with ​finance and ​rent collection.
[C or U] BANKING the ​act of ​arranging for the ​amount written on a ​cheque to be ​paid out of a ​bankaccount: The Federal Reserve Banks ​provide check collection ​services to ​depositoryinstitutions.
[U] the ​process of ​bringinginformation together from different ​places: We make ​software and bar-code ​products for data collection.
[C] a ​group of ​objects that someone has ​collected as a ​hobby or ​investment: an antiques/​book/​coin, etc. collection
(Definition of collection from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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