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English definition of “collection”

collection

noun
 
 
/kəˈlekʃən/
OBJECTS [C] B1 a group of objects of the same type that have been collected by one person or in one place: a private art collection Groups and collections of thingsVariety and mixtures
TAKING AWAY [U] B2 the activity of taking something away from a place: The photos will be ready for collection on Tuesday afternoon.Transferring and transporting objects
MONEY [C] an amount of money collected from several people: We had a collection for Emily's gift.Groups and collections of thingsVariety and mixtures
GROUP [C] a group of things or people: There's quite a collection of toothbrushes in the bathroom.Groups and collections of thingsVariety and mixtures
(Definition of collection from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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