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verb collect pronunciation in American English /kəˈlekt/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlecollecting
past tensecollected
past participlecollected
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  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.
    2. b.
      to get information
      The statistics are collected purely for administrative purposes.
      evidence collected by the police
  2. 2
    [transitive] to get money from someone for a particular purpose
    Someone came to collect the rent.
    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.
    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.
  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.
  4. 4
    [transitive] to go and get a person or thing. The more common way of saying this isto pick upsomething or someone
    Trash is collected on Thursdays.
    Both sides returned to collect their dead.


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