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collect (v.)

early 15c., "gather into one place or group" (transitive), from Old French collecter "to collect" (late 14c.), from Latin collectus, past participle of colligere "gather together," from assimilated form of com "together" (see com-) + legere "to gather," from PIE root *leg- (1) "to collect, gather."

The intransitive sense "gather together, accumulate" is attested from 1794. Related: Collected; collecting. As an adjective or adverb meaning "paid by the recipient," it is attested from 1893, originally with reference to telegrams.

Origin and meaning of collect

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Definitions of collect from WordNet
1
collect (v.)
get or gather together;
Synonyms: roll up / accumulate / pile up / amass / compile / hoard
collect (v.)
call for and obtain payment of;
we collected over a million dollars in outstanding debts
he collected the rent
Synonyms: take in
collect (v.)
assemble or get together;
Synonyms: gather / garner / pull together
collect (v.)
get or bring together;
Synonyms: pull in
collect (v.)
gather or collect;
Synonyms: pick up / gather up / call for
2
collect (n.)
a short prayer generally preceding the lesson in the Church of Rome or the Church of England;
3
collect (adv.)
make a telephone call or mail a package so that the recipient pays;
send a package collect
call collect
4
collect (adj.)
payable by the recipient on delivery;
the letter came collect
a collect call
Synonyms: cod
From wordnet.princeton.edu