Col*lect" (?), v. t. [imp.
& p. p. Collected; p. pr. & vb.
n. Collecting.] [L. collecrus, p.
p. of collerige to bind together; col- +
legere to gather: cf. OF. collecter. See
Legend, and cf. Coil, v. t.,
Cull, v. t.] 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.
'Tis memory alone that enriches the mind, by
preserving what our labor and industry daily collect.
2. To demand and obtain payment of, as an
account, or other indebtedness; as, to collect
3. To infer from observed facts; to
conclude from premises. [Archaic.] Shak.
Which sequence, I conceive, is very ill
To collect one's self, to recover from
surprise, embarrassment, or fear; to regain self-
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
2. To infer; to conclude.
Whence some collect that the former word
imports a plurality of persons.
Col"lect, n. [LL. collecta,
fr. L. collecta a collection in money; an assemblage, fr.
collerige: cf. F. collecte. See Collect,
v. t.] 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.