To gather into one place or group; assemble or bring together; make a combination, group, or collection of; gather: as, to collect facts or evidence; to collect curiosities or rare books.To receive or compel payment of; bring to a settlement: as, to collect a bill.To ascertain or infer from observation or information; infer.Synonyms To convene, convoke, muster, accumulate, amass, group.To gather together; accumulate: as, pus collects in an abscess; snow collects in drifts.To compose one's self.n. In the Roman Catholic, Anglican, and other Western liturgies: A concise prayer, varying according to the day, week, octave, or season, recited before the epistle, regularly consisting of one sentence, and asking for some grace or blessing with reference to some teaching of the epistle or gospel, or both.n. In a wider sense, a prayer of similar character or construction, especially one following the collect for the day, or used just before the conclusion of an office.n. A name sometimes given to the synapte of the Greek Church.n. A collection.In horsemanship, to gain control (of a horse) and bring it into a position where it has proper command of its powers.