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COL-LEAGUE', v.t. [or i. collee'g.]

To unite with in the same office.


United as an associate in the same office.


Partnership in office. – Milton.


  1. A short comprehensive prayer; a prayer adapted to a particular day or occasion. – Taylor.
  2. A collection or gathering of money. [Little used.] – Encyc.

COL-LECT', v.i.

To run together; to accumulate; as, pus collects in an abscess; sand or snow collects in banks.

COL-LECT', v.t. [L. colligo, collectum; con and lego, to gather; Gr. λεγω.]

  1. To gather, as separate persons or things, into one body or place; to assemble or bring together; as, to collect men into an army; to collect ideas; to collect particulars into one sum.
  2. To gain by observation or information; as, from all that can be collected, the public peace will not soon be interrupted.
  3. To gather from premises; to infer as a consequence. Which consequence, I conceive, is very ill collected. – Locke.
  4. To gather money or revenue from debtors; to demand and receive; as, to collect taxes; to collect the customs; to collect accounts, or debts.
  5. To gather, as crops; to reap, mow or pick, and secure in proper repositories; as, to collect hay, corn or fruits.
  6. To draw together; to bring into united action; as, to collect all the strength, or all the powers of the mind.
  7. To obtain from contribution. To collect one's self, is to recover from surprise, or a disconcerted state; to gain command over the thoughts, when dispersed; over the passions, when tumultuous; or the mind, when dismayed. – Shak. Milton.

COL-LEC-TA'NE-OUS, a. [L. collectaneus.]

Gathered; collected.


  1. Gathered; assembled; congregated; drawn together.
  2. adj. Recovered from surprise or dismay; not disconcerted; cool; firm; prepared.


In one view; together; in one body.


A collected state of the mind; recovery from surprise.


  1. That may be collected or gathered; that may be inferred.
  2. That may be gathered or recovered; as, the debts or taxes are or are not collectible.


Gathering; drawing together; assembling.


  1. The act of gathering, or assembling.
  2. The body formed by gathering; an assemblage, or assembly; a crowd; as, a collection of men.
  3. A contribution; a sum collected for a charitable purpose. Now concerning the collection for the saints. 1 Cor. xvi.
  4. A gathering, as of matter in an abscess.
  5. The act of deducing consequences; reasoning; inference. [Little used.] – Johnson. Hooker.
  6. A corollary; a consectary; a deduction from premises; consequence. – Johnson. Hooker.
  7. A book compiled from other books, by the putting together of parts; a compilation; as, a collection of essays or sermons.

COL-LECT'IVE, a. [L. collectivus; Fr. collectif; It. collettivo.]

  1. Formed by gathering; gathered into a mass, sum, or body; congregated, or aggregated. – Watts. Swift.
  2. Deducing consequences; reasoning; inferring. – Brown.
  3. In grammar, expressing a number or multitude united; as, a collective noun or name, which, though in the singular number itself, denotes more than one; as, company, army, troop, assembly.


In a mass, or body; in a collected state; in the aggregate; unitedly; in a state of combination; as, the citizens of a state collectively considered.


A state of union; mass.


  1. One who collects or gathers things which are scattered or separate.
  2. A compiler; one who gathers and puts together parts of books, or scattered pieces, in one book. Addison.
  3. In botany, one who gathers plants, without studying botany as a science. – Encyc.
  4. An officer appointed and commissioned to collect and receive customs, duties, taxes or toll. – Temple.
  5. A bachelor of arts in Oxford, who is appointed to superintend some scholastic proceedings in Lent. – Todd.


  1. The office of a collector of customs or taxes.
  2. The jurisdiction of a collector. – Asiat. Researches.

COL-LEG'A-TA-RY, n. [L. con and lego, to send.]

In the civil law, a person who has a legacy left to him, in common with one or more other persons. – Chambers. Johnson.

COL'LEGE, n. [L. collegium; con and lego, to gather. In its primary sense, a collection, or assembly. Hence,]

  1. In a general sense, a collection, assemblage or society of men, invested with certain powers and rights, performing certain duties, or engaged in some common employment, or pursuit.
  2. In a particular sense, an assembly for a political or ecclesiastical purpose; as, the college of Electors, or their deputies at the diet in Ratisbon. So also, the college of princes, or their deputies; the college of cities, or deputies of the Imperial cities; the college of Cardinals, or sacred college. In Russia, the denomination, college, is given to councils of state, courts or assemblies of men intrusted with the administration of the government, and called Imperial Colleges. Of these, some are supreme, and others subordinate; as, the Supreme Imperial College; the college of foreign affairs; the college of war; the admiralty college; the college of justice; the college of commerce; the medical college. – Wm. Tooke, ii. 335, 356. In Great Britain and the United States of America, a society of physicians is called a college. So, also, there are colleges of surgeons; and in Britain, a college of philosophy, a college of heralds, a college of justice, &c. Colleges of these kinds are usually incorporated or established by the supreme power of the state.
  3. An edifice appropriated to the use of students who are acquiring the languages and sciences.
  4. The society of persons engaged in the pursuits of literature, including the officers and students. Societies of this kind are incorporated and endowed with revenues.
  5. In foreign universities, a public lecture.
  6. A collection or community; as, a college of bees. [Unusual.] – Dryden.


Regulated after the manner of a college.


Relating to a college; belonging to a college; having the properties of a college.


A member of a college, particularly of a literary institution so called; an inhabitant of a college. – Johnson.


  1. Pertaining to a college; as, collegiate studies.
  2. Containing a college; instituted after the manner of a college; as, a collegiate society. – Johnson.
  3. A collegiate church is one that has no bishop's see; but has the ancient retinue of a bishop, canons and prebends. Of these, some are of royal, others of ecclesiastical foundation; and each is regulated, in matters of divine service, as a cathedral. Some of these were anciently abbeys which have been secularized. – Encyc.


The member of a college. – Burton.