I UK [kəˈlekt] / US verb
Word forms "collect":
present tense I/you/we/they collect he/she/it collects present participle collecting past tense collected past participle collected
1) [transitive] to get things and keep them together for a particular reason

A lot of families collect newspapers for recycling.

a) to get and keep objects because they are interesting or valuable

He collects stamps.

I didn't know she collected modern art.

b) to get a supply of something that you will use later

It's a good idea to collect rainwater for use in the garden.

c) to get information

The statistics are collected purely for administrative purposes.

evidence collected by the police

2) [transitive] to go and get a person or thing

What time do you collect the kids from school?

When can I come and collect the keys?

The rubbish is collected every Tuesday.

3) [transitive] to get money from someone for a particular purpose

Someone came to collect the rent.

a) [intransitive/transitive] to collect money from different people, for example in order to buy a present or to help people who are suffering

They give up their spare time to collect for various charities.

b) [transitive] to receive money officially, for example from the government or an insurance company

He's old enough to collect his pension.

The victim collected £10,000 in compensation.

4) [transitive] to win or earn money or a prize

She ran well, but failed to collect a medal.

5) [intransitive] if a crowd of people collects, it forms
a) [intransitive] if a substance collects somewhere, it gradually goes there

With flat roofs, you often find that rain collects in the corners.

b) [transitive] if a surface collects a substance, the substance gradually covers the surface
Phrasal verbs:
II UK [kəˈlekt] / US adverb

English dictionary. 2014.


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