1 verb
1 BRING TOGETHER (T) to get things of the same type from different places and bring them together: Researchers spent 6 months collecting facts and figures. | Could you collect some branches for a fire?
2 KEEP OBJECTS (T) to get and keep objects because you think they are attractive or interesting: The family's been collecting modern art for thirty years.
a) (T) to ask for or obtain money you are owed or something you have won: He's collected his second gold medal of these Olympics.
b) collect (money) for sth to ask people to give you money for a particular purpose: We're collecting for Save the Children.
4 INCREASE IN AMOUNT (I, T) if something collects in a place or you collect it there, it gradually increases in amount: Rain collected in pools on the uneven road. | solar panels for collecting the sun's heat
5 CROWD (I) to come together gradually to form a group of people: A crowd was beginning to collect around the scene of the accident.
6 DUST/DIRT (T) to become covered in dust etc: All the furniture had collected a fine layer of dust.
7 TAKE SB/STH FROM A PLACE (T) especially BrE to come to a particular place in order to take someone or something away: Martin's gone to collect the children from school.
8 collect yourself/collect your thoughts etc to make an effort to remain calm and think clearly and carefully about something: He paused for a moment to collect himself, then pushed open the door.
2 adverb AmE
1 call/phone sb collect when you telephone someone collect, the person who received the call pays for it
2 collect call a telephone call paid for by the person who receives it
3 noun (C) a short prayer in some Christian services

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.


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