collect ( collects 3rd person present) ( collecting present participle) ( collected past tense & past participle )
1 verb If you collect a number of things, you bring them together from several places or from several people.
Two young girls were collecting firewood... V n
1.5 million signatures have been collected. V n
2 verb If you collect things, such as stamps or books, as a hobby, you get a large number of them over a period of time because they interest you.
One of Tony's hobbies was collecting rare birds. V n
collecting n-uncount with supp, oft n N
...hobbies like stamp collecting and fishing.
3 verb When you collect someone or something, you go and get them from the place where they are waiting for you or have been left for you.
David always collects Alistair from school on Wednesdays... V n from n
After collecting the cash, the kidnapper made his escape down the disused railway line. V n
in AM, usually use pick up
4 verb If a substance collects somewhere, or if something collects it, it keeps arriving over a period of time and is held in that place or thing.
Methane gas does collect in the mines around here. V prep/adv
...water tanks which collect rainwater from the house roof. V n, Also V
5 verb If something collects light, energy, or heat, it attracts it.
Like a telescope it has a curved mirror to collect the sunlight. V n
6 verb If you collectfor a charity or for a present for someone, you ask people to give you money for it.
Are you collecting for charity?... V for n
They collected donations for a fund to help military families. V n for n, Also V n
7 verb If you collectyourself or collect your thoughts, you make an effort to calm yourself or prepare yourself mentally.
She paused for a moment to collect herself... V pron-refl
He was grateful for a chance to relax and collect his thoughts. V n
8 adj A collect call is a telephone call that is paid for by the person receiving it, not the person making it.
(AM) ADJ n
She received a collect phone call from Alaska. If you call collect when you make a telephone call, the person who you are phoning pays the cost of the call and not you.
call collect phrase V inflects
Should you lose your ticket call collect on STA's helpline.
in BRIT, usually use reverse the charges