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From Latin collātum, past participle of cōnferō. Not related to collateral.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /kɒˈleɪt/
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  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈkoʊ.leɪt/
  • Rhymes: -eɪt
  • Hyphenation: col‧late


collate (third-person singular simple present collates, present participle collating, simple past and past participle collated)

  1. (transitive) To examine diverse documents and so on, to discover similarities and differences.
    The young attorneys were set the task of collating the contract submitted by the other side with the previous copy.
    • c. 1831, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Notes on the Book of Common Prayer
      I must collate it, word by word, with the original Hebrew.
  2. (transitive) To assemble something in a logical sequence.
    • 1922, Virginia Woolf, Jacob’s Room, Vintage Classics, paperback edition, page 101
      Detest your own age. Build a better one. And to set that on foot read incredibly dull essays upon Marlowe to your friends. For which purpose one must collate editions in the British Museum.
  3. (transitive) To sort multiple copies of printed documents into sequences of individual page order, one sequence for each copy, especially before binding.
    Collating was still necessary because they had to insert foldout sheets and index tabs into the documents.
  4. (obsolete) To bestow or confer.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Jeremy Taylor to this entry?)
  5. (transitive, Christianity) To admit a cleric to a benefice; to present and institute in a benefice, when the person presenting is both the patron and the ordinary; followed by to. (Can we add an example for this sense?)

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  1. vocative masculine singular of collātus