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What do you call someone who collects?

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A person who collects objects is called a "collector" or a "hobbyist." He may also be called a "compiler" or an "accumulator." The slang terms "pack rat" and "hoarder" might be more appropriate for people who collect everyday objects though these terms carry negative connotations.

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What do you call someone who collects?
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Sometimes, an adjective is added before the word "collector" to describe what the person collects. For instance, someone who collects coins as a hobby may be called a "coin collector," while one who collects dolls is called a "doll collector." "Collector" can also refer to someone who has been hired to collect money from individuals for a company's debts, such as a tax collector.

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