from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To bring together in a group or mass; gather.
  • transitive v. To accumulate as a hobby or for study.
  • transitive v. To call for and obtain payment of: collect taxes.
  • transitive v. To recover control of: collect one's emotions.
  • transitive v. To call for (someone); pick up: collected the children and drove home.
  • intransitive v. To come together in a group or mass; gather. See Synonyms at gather.
  • intransitive v. To take in payments or donations: collecting for charity.
  • adv. With payment to be made by the receiver: called collect; a collect phone call.
  • n. Ecclesiastical A brief formal prayer that is used in various Western liturgies before the epistle and that varies with the day.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A short, comprehensive prayer, adapted to a particular day, occasion, or condition, and forming part of a liturgy.
  • intransitive v. To assemble together; ; to accumulate.
  • intransitive v. To infer; to conclude.
  • transitive v. To gather into one body or place; to assemble or bring together; to obtain by gathering.
  • transitive v. To demand and obtain payment of, as an account, or other indebtedness.
  • transitive v. To infer from observed facts; to conclude from premises.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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.
  • In horsemanship, to gain control (of a horse) and bring it into a position where it has proper command of its powers.
  • n. 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.
  • n. 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.
  • n. A name sometimes given to the synapte of the Greek Church.
  • n. A collection.

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

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


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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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