BRING TOGETHER [T] › to get things from different places and bring them together: Police collected a good deal of information during the investigation. Would you collect up the books please, Joanne? KEEP [T] › to get and keep things of one type such as stamps or coins as a hobby: She collects dolls. GO TO GET [T] UK › 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] › to ask people to give you money for something, for example a charity (= organization that helps people) : I'm collecting on behalf of Oxfam. 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