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collect

verb
 
 
/kəˈlekt/
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?Collecting and amassingTransferring and transporting objects
KEEP [T] A2 to get and keep things of one type such as stamps or coins as a hobby: She collects dolls.Collecting and amassing
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.Transferring and transporting objects
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.Collecting and amassing
RECEIVE [T] to receive money that you are owed: You can begin to collect a pension at age 62.Collecting and amassing
COME TOGETHER [I] to come together in a single place: Journalists collected outside the palace.Collecting and amassingForming groups (of people)
collect yourself/your thoughts to get control over your feelings and thoughtsControlling emotionsCalm and relaxedNot showing or feeling emotions
(Definition of collect verb from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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