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Dictionary Definition



1 a person who collects things [syn: aggregator]
2 a person who is employed to collect payments (as for rent or taxes) [syn: gatherer, accumulator]
3 a crater that has collected cosmic material hitting the earth
4 the electrode in a transistor through which a primary flow of carriers leaves the region between the electrodes

User Contributed Dictionary



English collect< Middle English collecten< colligere ("to gather together", past participle collectus)< com- (together) + legare (to choose)< (Watkins, 1969)



  1. A person or thing which collects, or which creates or manages a collection.
    He is an avid collector of nineteenth-century postage stamps.
    That old piano is just a big dust collector.
  2. A person who is employed to collect payments.
    She works for the government as a tax collector.
  3. In the context of "electronics": The amplified terminal on a bipolar junction transistor.

Related terms


that which collects
  • Croatian: kolekcionar
  • Czech: sběratel (person)
  • Finnish: keräilijä (person), kerääjä (thing)
  • French: collectionneur
  • German: Sammler
  • Hebrew: אספן (asfan) , אספנית (asfanyt)
person who is employed to collect payments
  • Czech: výběrčí
  • Finnish: veronkantaja (tax collector)
  • German: Kassierer
amplified terminal on a bipolar junction transistor
  • Croatian: kolektor
  • Finnish: kollektori
  • German: Kollektor

Extensive Definition

The term collector may refer to:
collector in German: Kollektor
collector in Spanish: Colector
collector in French: Collecteur
collector in Dutch: Collector
collector in Japanese: コレクター
collector in Ukrainian: Колектор

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

accumulator, addict, admirer, amateur, arbiter, arbiter elegantiarum, arbiter of taste, aspirant, aspirer, authority, base, beg, beglerbeg, bey, bill collector, bon vivant, booster, buff, bug, burgrave, candidate, cognoscente, collection agent, connaisseur, connoisseur, coveter, critic, demon, desirer, devotee, dey, dilettante, douanier, dunner, eager beaver, emitter, energumen, enthusiast, eparch, epicure, epicurean, exarch, exciseman, expert, faddist, fan, fanatic, fancier, farmer, fiend, filamentary transistor, follower, freak, gatherer, gauleiter, germanium crystal triode, good judge, gourmand, gourmet, governor, governor-general, great one for, groupie, hankerer, hobbyist, hook-collector transistor, hopeful, hound, idolater, idolizer, infatuate, judge, khedive, lieutenant governor, lover, magpie, maven, miser, nabob, nawab, nut, pack rat, palatine, point-contact transistor, proconsul, provincial, pursuer, refined palate, rhapsodist, rooter, satrap, solicitant, spacistor, stadtholder, subahdar, sucker for, suitor, tax collector, tetrarch, tetrode transistor, transistor, unipolar transistor, vali, vice-king, viceroy, virtuoso, visionary, votary, wali, wanter, wisher, worshiper, yearner, zealot
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