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verb collect pronunciation in American English /kəˈlekt/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theycollect
he/she/itcollects
present participlecollecting
past tensecollected
past participlecollected
  1. 1
    [transitive] to get things and keep them together for a particular reason

    A lot of families collect newspapers for recycling.

    1. a.
      to get and keep objects because they are interesting or valuable

      I didn't know she collected modern art.

      He collects stamps.

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    2. b.
      to get information

      The statistics are collected purely for administrative purposes.

      evidence collected by the police

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  2. 2
    [transitive] to get money from someone for a particular purpose

    Someone came to collect the rent.

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    1. a.
      [intransitive/transitive] to collect money from different people, for example in order to buy a present or to help people who are suffering

      They give up their spare time to collect for various charities.

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    2. b.
      [transitive] to receive money officially, for example from the government or an insurance company

      He's old enough to collect his retirement.

      The victim collected $250,000 in compensation.

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  3. 3
    [intransitive] if a crowd of people collects, it forms
    1. a.
      [intransitive] if a substance collects somewhere, it gradually goes there

      With flat roofs, you often find that rain collects in the corners.

    2. b.
      [transitive] if a surface collects a substance, the substance gradually covers the surface
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  4. 4
    [transitive] to go and get a person or thing. The more common way of saying this is "to pick up" something or someone

    Trash is collected on Thursdays.

    Both sides returned to collect their dead.

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