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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR COLLECTING

While the village was being destroyed the enemy had been collecting.

Think of their all meeting me with it, on my collecting days, here and there and everywhere.

She might have been up all night, collecting it for his entertainment.

Collecting my courage I set about to explore my surroundings.

Collecting a force, they return to Frisia and kill Finn in his home.

He was collecting chassepots, and received five sous for every chassepot he brought in.

I knew there would be no trouble in collecting this city's apportionment.

Captain Hunniwell, muttering to himself, watched the collecting process.

The bell was ringing, and a crowd was collecting in another part of the churchyard.

Boswell has some thoughts of collecting the stories and making a novel of his life.'

WORD ORIGIN

early 15c. (transitive), from Old French collecter "to collect" (late 14c.), from Latin collectus, past participle of colligere "gather together," from com- "together" (see com-) + legere "to gather" (see lecture (n.)). The intransitive sense is attested from 1794. Related: Collected; collecting. As an adjective meaning "paid by the recipient" it is attested from 1893, originally with reference to telegrams.

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