collect · verb /kəˈlekt/Full view
Nouns: collection, collector, collectible
Adjectives: collected, collective
Verbs: collect
Adverbs: collectively
collect (KEEP)
A2 T to get and keep things of one type such as stamps or coins as a hobby
Dictionary examples:

She collects dolls.

So when did you start collecting antique glass?

Learner example:

I like to collect dolls, you know that already. (Key English Test; A2; Chinese)

B1 T to get things from different places and bring them together
Dictionary examples:

Police collected a lot of information during the investigation.

I collected twenty bottles to be recycled.

Learner example:

Suzie will collect all the sheets, so I can do them at home. (Preliminary English Test; B1; Swiss German)

collect (MONEY)
B2 I or T to ask people to give you money for something, for example a charity
Dictionary examples:

I'm collecting on behalf of Oxfam.

We're collecting (money) for the homeless.

Learner example:

And I think it's a perfect way to collect money for our poor people. (First Certificate in English; B2; Spanish)

collect yourself/your thoughts
C2 to get control over your feelings and thoughts
Dictionary example:

I'll give you a moment to collect your thoughts.

Learner example:

I had [...] about 20 minutes so it would be plenty of time to collect my thoughts and calm down. (Certificate of Proficiency in English; C2; Swedish)

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