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 for To collect one''s self
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Collect \Col*lect"\ (k[o^]l*l[e^]kt"), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
     Collected; p. pr. & vb. n. Collecting.] [L. collecrus, p.
     p. of collerige to bind together; col- + legere to gather:
     cf. OF. collecter. See Legend, and cf. Coil, v. t.,
     Cull, v. t.]
     1. To gather into one body or place; to assemble or bring
        together; to obtain by gathering.
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              A band of men
              Collected choicely from each country. --Shak.
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              'Tis memory alone that enriches the mind, by
              preserving what our labor and industry daily
              collect.                              --Watts.
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     2. To demand and obtain payment of, as an account, or other
        indebtedness; as, to collect taxes.
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     3. To infer from observed facts; to conclude from premises.
        [Archaic.] --Shak.
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              Which sequence, I conceive, is very ill collected.
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     To collect one's self, to recover from surprise,
        embarrassment, or fear; to regain self-control.
     Syn: To gather; assemble; congregate; muster; accumulate;
          garner; aggregate; amass; infer; deduce.
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