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collate (verb) to study and compare carefully (information, etc.); to arrange pages, etc., in the proper order.

When you collect information, material, etc., especially of ancient historical evidences, origins of certain scientific or cultural developments, from different sources, study them carefully and compare them critically to determine the truth or otherwise of certain information, you collate them. When you study different sources of information, to know, for example, the real authorship of a book, you collate the information or the material. To arrange sheets of paper or the pages to be formed into a book in the proper order is also to collate. Before or after photocopies of sheets of the pages are taken, they are arranged in the serial order of the pages. That is, they are collated.

  • A group of scholars, after meticulous and diligent research, gathered a lot of information about Shakespeare, collated the pieces of information, by studying them and comparing them carefully, and gave the world an acceptable account of the author's life, and cleared most of the doubts about the authorship of his plays.
  • It is difficult for any book to be produced until the sheets of information to be contained in the book are collated, by arranging them in the proper order.
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