[ US /kəˈɫɛkt/ ]
  1. a short prayer generally preceding the lesson in the Church of Rome or the Church of England
  1. make a telephone call or mail a package so that the recipient pays
    call collect
    send a package collect
  1. get or gather together
    I am accumulating evidence for the man's unfaithfulness to his wife
    She rolled up a small fortune
    She is amassing a lot of data for her thesis
  2. gather or collect
    You can get the results on Monday
    They pick up our trash twice a week
    She picked up the children at the day care center
  3. get or bring together
    accumulate evidence
  4. assemble or get together
    gather some stones
    pull your thoughts together
  5. call for and obtain payment of
    we collected over a million dollars in outstanding debts
    he collected the rent
  1. payable by the recipient on delivery
    a COD parcel
    a collect call
    the letter came collect
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How To Use collect In A Sentence

  • Their dried dung is found everywhere, and is in many places the only fuel afforded by the plains; their skulls, which last longer than any other part of the animal, are among the most familiar of objects to the plainsman; their bones are in many districts so plentiful that it has become a regular industry, followed by hundreds of men (christened "bone hunters" by the frontiersmen), to go out with wagons and collect them in great numbers for the sake of the phosphates they yield; and Bad Lands, plateaus, and prairies alike, are cut up in all directions by the deep ruts which were formerly buffalo trails. VIII. The Lordly Buffalo
  • The residents are mostly impoverished families who survive by collecting recyclable garbage.
  • After a day of collecting ones and fives and nickels and quarters, it strangely looked like a lot of money.
  • Most rural stations had a staff of at least six, and perhaps up to a dozen, who them carried out the duties of stationmaster, signalman, booking clerk, ticket collector, porter, shunter, lengthman and lampman.
  • Also, it is difficult to get across diagrammatically the iterative nature of grounded theory - in particular its commitment to the idea that data collection and analysis occur in parallel.
  • A business tycoon, arts patron and committed left-winger, Berge opted to sell the collection amassed over a lifetime after Saint Laurent's death last June aged 71.
  • The true university of these days is a collection of books. 
  • It'll be difficult to get past the ticket collector without paying.
  • Rubbish advice The erratic bin collections over the past few weeks have left me struggling to cope with all our household rubbish. Times, Sunday Times
  • Congress houses most of its collections in three buildings on Capitol Hill.
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