Meaning of “collect” - Learner’s Dictionary

collect

verb us uk /kəˈlekt/
Extra Examples
Our rubbish gets collected on Thursdays.They'll set aside your shopping so that you can collect it later.He called round earlier to collect the chairs.He'll collect the goods later.I'm collecting material for an article that I'm writing.
BRING TOGETHER [ T ]

B1 to get things from different places and bring them together:

The police are continuing to collect information.
Would you collect up the books please, Joanne?
KEEP [ T ]

A2 to get and keep things of one type such as stamps or coins as a hobby:

She collects dolls.
GO TO GET [ T ] UK

A2 to go to a place and bring someone or something away from it:

She collects Anna from school at three o'clock.
MONEY [ I, T ]

B2 to ask people to give you money for something, for example a charity (= organization that helps people) :

I'm collecting on behalf of the RedCross.
RECEIVE [ T ]

to receive money that you are owed:

You can begin to collect a pension at age 62.
COME TOGETHER [ I ]

to come together in a single place:

Journalists collected outside the palace.
collect yourself/your thoughts

to get control over your feelings and thoughts

(Definition of “collect verb” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)