- 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." [Shak.]"'Tis memory alone that enriches the mind, by preserving what our labor and industry daily collect." [Watts.]
- To demand and obtain payment of, as an account, or other indebtedness; as, to collect taxes.
- To infer from observed facts; to conclude from premises.(Archaic)"Which sequence, I conceive, is very ill collected." [Locke.]synonyms: To gather; assemble; congregate; muster; accumulate; garner; aggregate; amass; infer; deduce.
Etymology: 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.)