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verb rec·ol·lect \ˌre-kə-ˈlekt\

: to remember (something)

Full Definition of RECOLLECT

transitive verb
:  to bring back to the level of conscious awareness :  remember <trying to recollect the name>
:  to remind (oneself) of something temporarily forgotten
intransitive verb
:  to call something to mind

Examples of RECOLLECT

  1. I've been trying to recollect what happened.
  2. I don't recollect telling him anything, but maybe I did.
  3. She couldn't recollect who had mentioned his name in the first place.
  4. From what I recollect, they said four of them were coming.


Medieval Latin recollectus, past participle of recolligere, from Latin, to gather again
First Known Use: 1559

Synonym Discussion of RECOLLECT

remember, recollect, recall, remind, reminisce mean to bring an image or idea from the past into the mind. remember implies a keeping in memory that may be effortless or unwilled <remembers that day as though it were yesterday>. recollect implies a bringing back to mind what is lost or scattered <as near as I can recollect>. recall suggests an effort to bring back to mind and often to re-create in speech <can't recall the words of the song>. remind suggests a jogging of one's memory by an association or similarity <that reminds me of a story>. reminisce implies a casual often nostalgic recalling of experiences long past and gone <old college friends like to reminisce>.
RECOLLECT Defined for Kids


verb rec·ol·lect \ˌre-kə-ˈlekt\

Definition of RECOLLECT for Kids

:  to call to mind :  remember <Can you recollect what happened?>


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