collect

The verb collect describes gathering or bringing something together. Charity organizations often collect warm coats for people in need.

Other people who want to help those in need seek monetary donations. If you volunteer for a charity, you may collect on behalf of the charity — meaning you get donations. Collect can also refer to getting payment for money that is owed. If you owe money to someone, eventually he'll find you and say, "I'm here to collect."

Primary Meanings of collect

1.
v
gather or collect
2.
v
call for and obtain payment of
3.
adjadv
payable by the recipient on delivery
make a telephone call or mail a package so that the recipient pays
4.
n
a short prayer generally preceding the lesson in the Church of Rome or the Church of England
Full Definitions of collect
1

v gather or collect

Synonyms:
call for, gather up, pick up
Type of:
acquire, get
come into the possession of something concrete or abstract

v get or gather together

Synonyms:
accumulate, amass, compile, hoard, pile up, roll up
Types:
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run up
pile up (debts or scores)
corral
collect or gather
pull in
get or bring together
come up, scrape, scrape up, scratch
gather (money or other resources) together over time
chunk, lump
put together indiscriminately
bale
make into a bale
catch
take in and retain
fund
accumulate a fund for the discharge of a recurrent liability
fund
place or store up in a fund for accumulation
archive, file away
put into an archive
nickel-and-dime
accumulate gradually
beat up, drum up, rally
gather
Type of:
hive away, lay in, put in, salt away, stack away, stash away, store
keep or lay aside for future use

v get or bring together

Synonyms:
pull in
Types:
archive, file away
put into an archive
beat up, drum up, rally
gather
Type of:
accumulate, amass, compile, hoard, pile up, roll up
get or gather together

v assemble or get together

Synonyms:
garner, gather, pull together
Antonyms:
distribute, spread
distribute or disperse widely
Types:
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marshal, mobilise, mobilize, summon
make ready for action or use
rake
gather with a rake
glean, harvest, reap
gather, as of natural products
club
gather into a club-like mass
hive
gather into a hive
salvage, scavenge
collect discarded or refused material
come up, muster, muster up, rally, summon
gather or bring together
round up
seek out and bring together
cull, pick, pluck
look for and gather
nut
gather nuts
snail
gather snails
bird-nest, birdnest
gather birdnests
nest
gather nests
oyster
gather oysters, dig oysters
sponge
gather sponges, in the ocean
pearl
gather pearls, from oysters in the ocean
clam
gather clams, by digging in the sand by the ocean
shock
collect or gather into shocks
heap up, pile up, stack up
arrange into piles or stacks
whelk
gather whelk
cut
reap or harvest
mushroom
pick or gather mushrooms
berry
pick or gather berries
2

v call for and obtain payment of

“we collected over a million dollars in outstanding debts”
“he collected the rent”
Synonyms:
take in
Types:
farm
collect fees or profits
raise
collect funds for a specific purpose
fund raise, fund-raise, fundraise
raise money for a cause or project
Type of:
take
take into one's possession
3

adj payable by the recipient on delivery

“a collect call”
“the letter came collect
Synonyms:
cod
due
owed and payable immediately or on demand

adv make a telephone call or mail a package so that the recipient pays

“call collect
“send a package collect
4

n a short prayer generally preceding the lesson in the Church of Rome or the Church of England

Type of:
orison, petition, prayer
reverent petition to a deity

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