NOTE: gathering or accumulating of related/similar things into a larger mass.
She is collecting a lot of data for her thesis.
She collects dolls for hobbie.
So when did you start collecting antique glass?
A large crowd of reporters collected outside the Prime Minister's house.
After the party I collected twenty bottles from various parts of the house.
We're collecting toys for the orphans.
We're collecting for the homeless.
These china ornaments just collect dust.
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 3, 4
Commentary: Syntax Is: NP1[agent] COLLECT NP2
Jon Porter and his wife collected rent on seven condominiums.
The retailer must either collect tax or accept a completed exemption certificate.
A debt collector regularly collects debts owed to another person.
The managers collected fees to cover their program costs.
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2
NOTE: Unlike sense 1, this sense has nothing to do with gathering something in mass.
Your shoes will be repaired and ready for you to collect on Thursday.
I'll collect you from the station.
She collected her children and drove home.
I collected my belongings and left.
They collected me from the airport.
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 5
Cool off, take a time out, and collect your emotions.
Take a few minutes to collect yourself before the stress of court.