Pronunciation: (ku-lekt'),[key] —v.t. 1. to gather together; assemble: The professor collected the students' exams. 2. to accumulate; make a collection of: to collect stamps. 3. to receive or compel payment of: to collect a bill. 4. to regain control of (oneself or one's thoughts, faculties, composure, or the like): At the news of her promotion, she took a few minutes to collect herself. 5. to call for and take with one: He drove off to collect his guests. They collected their mail. 6. Manège.to bring (a horse) into a collected attitude.
7. Archaic.to infer.
—v.i. 1. to gather together; assemble: The students collected in the assembly hall. 2. to accumulate: Rain water collected in the barrel. 3. to receive payment (often fol. by on): He collected on the damage to his house. 4. to gather or bring together books, stamps, coins, etc., usually as a hobby: He's been collecting for years. 5. Manège.(of a horse) to come into a collected attitude.
—adj., adv. requiring payment by the recipient: a collect telephone call; a telegram sent collect.
Pronunciation: (kol'ekt),[key] —n. any of certain brief prayers used in Western churches esp. before the epistle in the communion service.