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verb collect pronunciation in British English /kəˈlekt/ 
Word Forms
present tense
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

      He collects stamps.

      I didn't know she collected modern art.

    2. b.
      to get a supply of something that you will use later

      It's a good idea to collect rainwater for use in the garden.

    3. c.
      to get information

      The statistics are collected purely for administrative purposes.

      evidence collected by the police

  2. 2
    [transitive] to go and get a person or thing

    What time do you collect the kids from school?

    When can I come and collect the keys?

    The rubbish is collected every Tuesday.

  3. 3
    [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 pension.

      The victim collected £10,000 in compensation.

  4. 4
    [transitive] to win or earn money or a prize

    She ran well, but failed to collect a medal.

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