1. The act or process of collecting.
2. A group of objects or works to be seen, studied, or kept together.
3. A line of products produced for one season, as those developed by a designer: promoted the summer collection in the store window.
4. An accumulation; a deposit: a collection of dust on the piano.
a. A collecting of money, as in church.
b. The sum so collected.
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