1. [syn: collection, collecting, assembling, aggregation]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Collect \Col*lect"\ (k[o^]l*l[e^]kt"), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
Collected; p. pr. & vb. n. Collecting.] [L. collecrus, p.
p. of collerige to bind together; col- + legere to gather:
cf. OF. collecter. See Legend, and cf. Coil, v. t.,
Cull, v. t.]
1. To gather into one body or place; to assemble or bring
together; to obtain by gathering.
A band of men
Collected choicely from each country. --Shak.
'Tis memory alone that enriches the mind, by
preserving what our labor and industry daily
2. To demand and obtain payment of, as an account, or other
indebtedness; as, to collect taxes.
3. To infer from observed facts; to conclude from premises.
Which sequence, I conceive, is very ill collected.
To collect one's self, to recover from surprise,
embarrassment, or fear; to regain self-control.
Syn: To gather; assemble; congregate; muster; accumulate;
garner; aggregate; amass; infer; deduce.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: the act of gathering something together [syn: collection,
collecting, assembling, aggregation]