Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    To gather together; to bring scattered things (assets, accounts, articles of property) into one mass or fund. To cellect a debt or claim is to obtain payment or liquidation of it, either by personal solicitation or legal proceedings. White v. Case, 13 Wend. (N. Y.) 544; Ryan v. Tudor, 31 Kan. 366, 2 Pac. 797; Purdy v. Independence, 75 Iowa, 356, 39 N. W. 641; Mclnerny v. Reed, 23 Iowa, 414; Taylor v. Kearney County, 35 Neb. 381, 53 N. W. 211.
    —Collect on delivery. See C. O. D.
    —Collector. One authorized to receive taxes or other impositions; as "collector of taxes." A person appointed by a private person to collect the credits due him.
    —Collector of decedent's estate. A person temporarily appointed by the probate court to collect rents, assets, interest, bills receivable, etc., of a decedent's estate, and act for the estate in ali financial matters requiring immediate settlement. Such collector is usually appointed when there is protracted litigation as to the probate of the will, or as to the person to take out administration, and his duties cease as soon as an executor or administrator is qualified.
    —Collector of the customs. An officer of the United States, appointed for the term of four years. Act Mav 15, 1820, § 1; 3 Story, U. S. Laws, 1790.
    —Collection. Indorsement "for collection." See For Collection.