Definition of


  1. (noun, communication) a short prayer generally preceding the lesson in the Church of Rome or the Church of England
  2. (verb, contact) assemble or get together
    pull your thoughts together
  3. (verb, contact) get or bring together
  4. (verb, possession) call for and obtain payment of
    he collected the rent
  5. (verb, possession) get or gather together
    She is amassing a lot of data for her thesis
    She rolled up a small fortune
  6. (verb, possession) gather or collect
    She picked up the children at the day care center
    They pick up our trash twice a week
  7. (adj, all) payable by the recipient on delivery
    the letter came collect
    a COD parcel
  8. (adv, all) make a telephone call or mail a package so that the recipient pays
    send a package collect

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Collect

  1. 1573 (trans.), from O.Fr. collecter (1371), from L. collectus, pp. of colligere "gather together," from com- "together" + legere "to gather." The intrans. sense is attested from 1794. As an adj. meaning "paid by the recipient" it is attested from 1893, originally with ref. to telegrams. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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