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collect

col·lect

collect

 
 
pronunciation:
k lekt
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, adjective & adverb
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: collected, collecting, collects
definition 1: to gather together or assemble.
I collected the various papers that were lying on the desk.
synonyms:
amass, assemble, gather, pile up
antonyms:
disperse, distribute, scatter
similar words:
agglomerate, aggregate, cluster, compile, concentrate, congregate, convene, converge, convoke, group, heap, huddle, marshal, mass, raise, rendezvous, scrape together, stack, summon
definition 2: to accumulate and make a collection of.
He collects stamps as a hobby.
synonyms:
accumulate, amass, cumulate, save
similar words:
garner, gather, hoard, raise, squirrel, stash, stow
definition 3: to call for or obtain payment.
The landlord came to collect the rent.
synonyms:
call for, fetch, take
similar words:
gather, levy, marshal, obtain, store
definition 4: to make (oneself) calm or prepared, esp. after being disturbed or disrupted.
Still shaken from the frightening incident, she tried to collect herself.
synonyms:
calm, compose, recover
similar words:
prepare, quiet
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to gather together or assemble.
People began to collect in front of the church.
synonyms:
assemble, gather, group, meet
antonyms:
disperse
similar words:
bunch, cluster, concentrate, congregate, convene, crowd, forgather, huddle, mass, muster, rally, rendezvous, swarm, throng
definition 2: to accumulate.
Snow will collect up to ten inches tonight.
synonyms:
accumulate, gather, increase, pile up
antonyms:
disperse
similar words:
accrue, deposit, heap up
definition 3: to obtain payment (usu. fol. by on).
It's time to collect on the money he owes you.
similar words:
earn
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part of speech: adjective & adverb
definition: requiring payment from the person who receives the message.
She made a collect call to her parents.I called him collect.
synonyms:
pay
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