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verb (collates, collating, collated)
  1. (transitive) To examine diverse documents et cetera in order to discover similarity, similarities and differences.
  2. (transitive) To assemble something in a logical sequence.
    • 1922, w:Virginia Woolf, Virginia Woolf, w:Jacob's Room, 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 editions in the British Museum.
      1. (transitive) To sort multiple copies of printed documents into sequences of individual page order, one sequence for each copy, especially before binding.
      2. (transitive) To admit a cleric to a benefice.
    • From collatum, past participle of conferre.

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