Etymology
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collection (n.)

late 14c., "action of collecting, practice of gathering together," from Old French collection (14c.), from Latin collectionem (nominative collectio) "a gathering together," noun of action from past-participle stem of colligere "gather together" (see collect).

Especially of money gathered for religious or charitable purposes from 1530s. Meaning "a group of objects viewed as a whole" is from c. 1400; sense of "an assemblage of gathered objects" is from mid-15c. Meaning "act of receiving or compelling payment of money owed" is from 1650s.

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Definitions of collection

collection (n.)
several things grouped together or considered as a whole;
collection (n.)
a publication containing a variety of works;
Synonyms: compendium
collection (n.)
request for a sum of money;
Synonyms: solicitation / appeal / ingathering
collection (n.)
the act of gathering something together;
Synonyms: collecting / assembling / aggregation
From wordnet.princeton.edu