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."

Definitions of collect
  1. verb
    gather or collect
    synonyms: call for, gather up, pick up
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    type of:
    acquire, get
    come into the possession of something concrete or abstract
  2. verb
    get or gather together
    synonyms: accumulate, amass, compile, hoard, pile up, roll up
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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
  3. verb
    get or bring together
    synonyms: pull in
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    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
  4. verb
    assemble or get together
    synonyms: garner, gather, pull together
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    distribute, spread
    distribute or disperse widely
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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
    glean
    to collect or gather bit by bit, especially information
    whelk
    gather whelk
    cut
    reap or harvest
    mushroom
    pick or gather mushrooms
    berry
    pick or gather berries
  5. verb
    call for and obtain payment of
    “we collected over a million dollars in outstanding debts”
    “he collected the rent”
    synonyms: take in
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    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
  6. adjective
    payable by the recipient on delivery
    “a collect call”
    “the letter came collect
    synonyms: cod
    due
    owed and payable immediately or on demand
  7. adverb
    make a telephone call or mail a package so that the recipient pays
    “call collect
    “send a package collect
  8. noun
    a short prayer generally preceding the lesson in the Church of Rome or the Church of England
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    orison, petition, prayer
    reverent petition to a deity
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