col·lect /ˈkɑlɪkt ||ˌlɛkt/
Col·lect, n. A short, comprehensive prayer, adapted to a particular day, occasion, or condition, and forming part of a liturgy.
The noble poem on the massacres of Piedmont is strictly a collect in verse. --Macaulay.
Col·lect v. t. [imp. & p. p. Collected; p. pr. & vb. n. Collecting.]
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 collect. --Watts.
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. [Archaic.]
Which sequence, I conceive, is very ill collected. --Locke.
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.
Col·lect, v. i.
1. To assemble together; as, the people collected in a crowd; to accumulate; as, snow collects in banks.
2. To infer; to conclude. [Archaic]
Whence some collect that the former word imports a plurality of persons. --South.
adj : payment due by the recipient on delivery; "a collect call";
"the letter came collect"; "a COD parcel" [syn: cod]
n : a short prayer generally preceding the lesson in the Church
of Rome or the Church of England
adv : make a telephone call or mail a package so that the
recipient pays; "call collect"; "send a package
v 1: get or gather together; "I am accumulating evidence for the
man's unfaithfulness to his wife"; "She is amassing a
lot of data for her thesis"; "She rolled up a small
fortune" [syn: roll up, accumulate, pile up, amass,
2: call for and obtain payment of; "we collected over a million
dollars in outstanding debts"; "he collected the rent"
[syn: take in]
3: assemble or get together; "gather some stones"; "pull your
thoughts together" [syn: gather, garner, pull
together] [ant: spread]
4: get or bring together; "accumulate evidence" [syn: pull in]
5: gather or collect; "You can get the results on Monday"; "She
picked up the children at the day care center"; "They pick
up our trash twice a week" [syn: pick up, gather up, call