adjective col·lect·ed \kə-ˈlek-təd\

: brought together in a group

: calm and in control of your emotions

Full Definition of COLLECTED

:  gathered together <the collected works of Scott>
:  possessed of calmness and composure often through concentrated effort
of a horse's gait :  performed slowly and restrainedly with the animal's center of gravity toward the hindquarters — compare extended
col·lect·ed·ly adverb
col·lect·ed·ness noun

First Known Use of COLLECTED

circa 1548

Synonym Discussion of COLLECTED

cool, composed, collected, unruffled, imperturbable, nonchalant mean free from agitation or excitement. cool may imply calmness, deliberateness, or dispassionateness <kept a cool head>. composed implies freedom from agitation as a result of self-discipline or a sedate disposition <the composed pianist gave a flawless concert>. collected implies a concentration of mind that eliminates distractions especially in moments of crisis <the nurse stayed calm and collected>. unruffled suggests apparent serenity and poise in the face of setbacks or in the midst of excitement <harried but unruffled>. imperturbable implies coolness or assurance even under severe provocation <the speaker remained imperturbable despite the heckling>. nonchalant stresses an easy coolness of manner or casualness that suggests indifference or unconcern <a nonchalant driver>.
COLLECTED Defined for Kids


adjective col·lect·ed \kə-ˈlek-təd\

Definition of COLLECTED for Kids

:  3calm 2


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