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col·lect 1 (kə-lĕkt)
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v. col·lect·ed, col·lect·ing, col·lects
v.tr.
1.
a. To bring together in a group or mass; gather: The teacher collected the exams.
b. To accumulate as a hobby or for study: collect old coins; collect folk tales. See Synonyms at gather.
2. To call for and obtain payment of: collect taxes.
3. To be the site for (an accumulating mass), especially as a consequence of disuse or neglect: My guitar is collecting dust in the corner.
4. To recover control of: collect one's emotions.
5. To call for (someone); pick up: collected the children and drove home.
v.intr.
1. To come together in a group or mass; gather: Sand collected in the crevices.
2. To take in payments or donations: collecting for charity.
adv. & adj.
With payment to be made by the receiver: called collect; a collect phone call.

[Middle English collecten, from Latin colligere, collēct- : com-, com- + legere, to gather; see leg- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright ©2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
 
col·lect 2 (kŏlĭkt, -ĕkt)
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n.
Ecclesiastical
A brief formal prayer that is used in various Western liturgies before the epistle and that varies with the day.

[Middle English collecte, from Old French, from Medieval Latin collēcta, short for (ōrātiō ad) collēctam, (prayer at the) gathering, from Latin collēctus, gathered, past participle of colligere, to gather; see COLLECT1.]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright ©2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
 

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