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collectivism the doctrine or practice of centralized economic control, esp. of the means of production. [3 definitions]
collectivize to organize or reorganize (an economy, business, or industry) based on collective ownership and control of the means of production and distribution.
collect on delivery a method of ordering or shipping goods in which payment is made, usu. in cash, when the goods are delivered; c.o.d. [2 definitions]
collector a person who collects money such as fees or taxes. [3 definitions]
collector's item an object that might have especial value or interest for a collector, usu. because it is rare or unusual.
colleen a girl or young woman of Irish nationality or descent.
college a school or institution of higher learning beyond the level of high school, usu. providing education in general studies or liberal arts. [3 definitions]
College of Cardinals the organized body of cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church that elects the Pope and helps him govern the church.
college try (informal) an enthusiastic, energetic effort.
collegial with authority and responsibility shared equally among colleagues. [2 definitions]
collegian someone who attends or has recently graduated from college.
collegiate pertaining to a college or college students.
collegiate church a Catholic or Anglican church that has no bishop's see but is presided over by a vice provost or dean and served by a chapter of canons. [2 definitions]
collegium an administrative committee of equals, esp. one that formerly performed economic, political, or social management in the Soviet Union.
collet a metal ring or rim that holds a jewel or watch spring. [2 definitions]
collide to strike or bump into one another forcefully. [2 definitions]
collider in nuclear physics, a type of accelerator in which occurs the bombardment of certain charged particles by certain others, such as electrons and positrons; colliding-beam machine.
collie one of a breed of large dogs originating in Scotland as sheep dogs and having long pointed muzzles and long-haired coats.
collier a coal miner, esp. in Great Britain. [2 definitions]
colliery a coal mine, esp. in Great Britain, including the buildings and equipment associated with it.
collimate to line up or make parallel (rays of light). [2 definitions]