Meaning of “collect” - Learner’s Dictionary

collect

verb uk us /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?
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)