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verb collect pronunciation in British 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
      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.
  5. 5
    [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.

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