verb rec·ol·lect \ ˌre-kə-ˈlekt \
Updated on: 12 Jan 2018

Definition of recollect

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

Examples of recollect in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of recollect

Medieval Latin recollectus, past participle of recolligere, from Latin, to gather again

recollect Synonyms

flash back (to), hark back (to), harken back (to), hearken back (to), mind [chiefly dialect], recall, remember, reminisce (about), reproduce, think (of)
disremember, forget, unlearn
Related Words
recapture, recur; educe, elicit, evoke, extract, raise, remind; relive; represent
Near Antonyms
misremember; disregard, ignore, neglect, overlook; lose, miss; blank (out)

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


verb re-col·lect \ ˌrē-kə-ˈlekt \

Definition of re-collect

transitive verb
: to collect again; especially : rally, recover

Origin and Etymology of re-collect

partly from Latin recollectus, past participle of recolligere, from re- + colligere to collect; partly from re- + collect

re-collect Synonyms

RECOLLECT Defined for English Language Learners



Definition of recollect for English Language Learners

  • : to remember (something)

RECOLLECT Defined for Kids


verb rec·ol·lect \ ˌre-kə-ˈlekt \

Definition of recollect for Students

recollected; recollecting
: to call to mind : remember
  • Can you recollect what happened?

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