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noun collection pronunciation in British English /kəˈlekʃ(ə)n/
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  1. 1
    [countable] a group of things
    a vast/extensive collection: a book borrowed from Jon’s vast collection
    1. a.
      interesting or valuable objects that someone collects
      a stamp collection
      collection of: a collection of baseball caps
    2. b.
      works of art that are kept together, for example in a museum
      The gallery houses one of the finest collections of impressionist art.
    3. c.
      clothes or other products that become available at a particular time of year
      Dior will launch its spring collection next week.
  2. 2
    [countable/uncountable] the process of collecting things for a particular purpose, or an instance of this
    the collection of household waste
    Your new glasses are awaiting collection.
    collection of: the collection and analysis of information
  3. 4
    [countable] a group of people
    collection of: a motley collection of protesters and student groups


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