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sōu jí
v. to collect, to search for and gather up
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收集 vs 搜集

1. to collect, to gather. This is followed by a hobby, e.g. to collect stamps or information, e.g 收集信息, 收集证据
2. to contain. This is used when we talk about a book.
E.g. 本书收集了他的代表性诗歌。[phr] This book contains a sampling of his poems.

搜集 is to search for and gather up. It emphasizes on taking the initiative to search for and gather something. 搜集 doesn't have the 2nd meaning of 收集.
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