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Meaning of collect

col•lect

Pronunciation: (ku-lekt'), [key]
— v.t.
  1. to gather together; assemble: The professor collected the students' exams.
  2. to accumulate; make a collection of: to collect stamps.
  3. to receive or compel payment of: to collect a bill.
  4. to regain control of (oneself or one's thoughts, faculties, composure, or the like): At the news of her promotion, she took a few minutes to collect herself.
  5. to call for and take with one: He drove off to collect his guests. They collected their mail.
  6. to bring (a horse) into a collected attitude.
  7. to infer.
—v.i.
  1. to gather together; assemble: The students collected in the assembly hall.
  2. to accumulate: Rain water collected in the barrel.
  3. to receive payment (often fol. by on): He collected on the damage to his house.
  4. to gather or bring together books, stamps, coins, etc., usually as a hobby: He's been collecting for years.
  5. (of a horse) to come into a collected attitude.
—adj., adv.
  1. requiring payment by the recipient: a collect telephone call; a telegram sent collect.

col•lect

Pronunciation: (kol'ekt), [key]
— n.
  1. any of certain brief prayers used in Western churches esp. before the epistle in the communion service.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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