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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [kuh-lek-shuh n]
    • /kəˈlɛk ʃən/
    • /kəˈlekʃn/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [kuh-lek-shuh n]
    • /kəˈlɛk ʃən/

Definitions of collection word

  • countable noun collection A collection of things is a group of similar things that you have deliberately acquired, usually over a period of time. 3
  • countable noun collection A collection of stories, poems, or articles is a number of them published in one book. 3
  • countable noun collection A collection of things is a group of things. 3
  • countable noun collection A fashion designer's new collection consists of the new clothes they have designed for the next season. 3
  • uncountable noun collection Collection is the act of collecting something from a place or from people. 3
  • countable noun collection If you organize a collection for charity, you collect money from people to give to charity. 3

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Origin of collection

First appearance:

before 1350
One of the 20% oldest English words
1350-1400; Middle English colleccioun (< Anglo-French) < Latin collēctiōn- (stem of collēctiō), equivalent to collēct(us) (past participle of colligere; see collect1) + -iōn- -ion

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Parts of speech for Collection


collection popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 95% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

collection usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for collection

noun collection

  • selection — an act or instance of selecting or the state of being selected; choice.
  • compilation — A compilation is a book, CD, or programme that contains many different items that have been gathered together, usually ones which have already appeared in other places.
  • number — a numeral or group of numerals.
  • set — to put (something or someone) in a particular place: to set a vase on a table.
  • assemblage — An assemblage of people or things is a collection of them.

verb collection

  • thronging — a multitude of people crowded or assembled together; crowd.

adjective collection

  • safari park — a parklike zoo in which wild animals are allowed to roam free in an environment designed to resemble their natural habitat and are observed by visitors riding through the park in cars or buses; animal park.
  • menagerie — a collection of wild or unusual animals, especially for exhibition.

Antonyms for collection

noun collection

  • individual — a single human being, as distinguished from a group.
  • separation — an act or instance of separating or the state of being separated.
  • division — the act or process of dividing; state of being divided.

Top questions with collection

  • what is the purpose of adversary collection activities?

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