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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n : the act of gathering something together [syn: collection,
          assembling, aggregation]