collect (donations)

You can use the word "collect" to talk about getting money or items from people for things like:

  • a charity
  • buying someone a gift together as a group

The phrase "take up" is also used in a similar way:

Excuse me, we're taking up donations for the Haiti Relief Fund. Do you have a moment?

However, "take up" only works with money. You can't "take up" canned goods. "Collect" works with both money and physical items.

This phrase appears in these lessons: