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Webster's Dictionary [1]

(1): (v. t.) The gathering and examination of sheets preparatory to binding.

(2): (v. t.) A conference.

(3): (v. t.) The act of collating or comparing; a comparison of one copy er thing (as of a book, or manuscript) with another of a like kind; comparison, in general.

(4): (v. t.) The act of conferring or bestowing.

(5): (v. t.) The act of comparing the copy of any paper with its original to ascertain its conformity.

(6): (v. t.) The report of the act made by the proper officers.

(7): (v. t.) The right which an heir has of throwing the whole heritable and movable estates of the deceased into one mass, and sharing it equally with others who are of the same degree of kindred.

(8): (v. t.) A collection of the Lives of the Fathers or other devout work read daily in monasteries.

(9): (v. t.) The presentation of a clergyman to a benefice by a bishop, who has it in his own gift.

(10): (v. i.) To partake of a collation.

(11): (v. t.) A light repast or luncheon; as, a cold collation; - first applied to the refreshment on fast days that accompanied the reading of the collation in monasteries.

Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature [2]

(Lat. collatio). When a bishop gives a benefice, which either he had as patron, or which came to him by lapse, he is said to "collate" to that benefice the clergyman on whom he bestows it. Where the living is not in the gift of the bishop, he is said to "institute" the clergyman to it. The word collation is also used among ecclesiastical writers to denote the spare meal on days of abstinence, consisting of bread or other fruits, but without meat. Hook; Eden.