from The Century Dictionary.

  • In horsemanship, to gain control (of a horse) and bring it into a position where it has proper command of its powers.
  • To gather into one place or group; assemble or bring together; make a combination, group, or collection of; gather: as, to collect facts or evidence; to collect curiosities or rare books.
  • To receive or compel payment of; bring to a settlement: as, to collect a bill.
  • To ascertain or infer from observation or information; infer.
  • Synonyms To convene, convoke, muster, accumulate, amass, group.
  • To gather together; accumulate: as, pus collects in an abscess; snow collects in drifts.
  • To compose one's self.
  • noun In the Roman Catholic, Anglican, and other Western liturgies: A concise prayer, varying according to the day, week, octave, or season, recited before the epistle, regularly consisting of one sentence, and asking for some grace or blessing with reference to some teaching of the epistle or gospel, or both.
  • noun In a wider sense, a prayer of similar character or construction, especially one following the collect for the day, or used just before the conclusion of an office.
  • noun A name sometimes given to the synapte of the Greek Church.
  • noun A collection.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To assemble together; ; to accumulate.
  • intransitive verb Archaic To infer; to conclude.
  • transitive verb To gather into one body or place; to assemble or bring together; to obtain by gathering.
  • transitive verb To demand and obtain payment of, as an account, or other indebtedness.
  • transitive verb Archaic. To infer from observed facts; to conclude from premises.
  • transitive verb to recover from surprise, embarrassment, or fear; to regain self-control.
  • noun A short, comprehensive prayer, adapted to a particular day, occasion, or condition, and forming part of a liturgy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To gather together; amass.
  • verb transitive To get; particularly, get from someone.
  • verb transitive To accumulate a number of similar or related (objects), particularly for a hobby or recreation.
  • verb transitive To form a conclusion; to deduce, infer. (Compare gather, get.)
  • verb intransitive To collect payments.
  • verb intransitive To come together in a group or mass.
  • verb intransitive To collect objects as a hobby.
  • adjective To be paid for by the recipient, as a telephone call or a shipment.
  • adverb With payment due from the recipient.
  • noun Christianity The prayer said before the reading of the epistle lesson, especially one found in a prayerbook, as with the Book of Common Prayer.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb gather or collect
  • verb call for and obtain payment of
  • noun a short prayer generally preceding the lesson in the Church of Rome or the Church of England
  • adjective payable by the recipient on delivery
  • verb get or bring together
  • verb assemble or get together
  • adverb make a telephone call or mail a package so that the recipient pays
  • verb get or gather together


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From Middle English collecten, from Old French collecter, from Medieval Latin collectare ("to collect money"), from Latin collecta ("a collection of money, in Late Latin a meeting, assemblage, in Medieval Latin a tax, also an assembly for prayer, a prayer"), feminine of collectus, past participle of colligere, conligere ("to gather together, collect, consider, conclude, infer"), from com- ("together") + legere ("to gather").

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French collecte


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