verb (1)
rec·​ol·​lect | \ ˌre-kə-ˈlekt How to pronounce recollect (audio) \
recollected; recollecting; recollects

Definition of recollect

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


verb (2)
re-col·​lect | \ ˌrē-kə-ˈlekt How to pronounce re-collect (audio) \
re-collected; re-collecting; re-collects

Definition of re-collect (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to collect again especially : rally, recover

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Synonyms: Verb (1)

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Antonyms: Verb (1)

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Verb (1)

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

Examples of recollect in a Sentence

Verb (1) I've been trying to recollect what happened. I don't recollect telling him anything, but maybe I did. She couldn't recollect who had mentioned his name in the first place. From what I recollect, they said four of them were coming.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The account offered him not just a space for his creative energy, but a chance to recollect and write some of his stories down for the first time. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, "Dave Grohl to Publish Autobiographical Book ‘The Storyteller’," 6 Apr. 2021 And Pesca’s failure to recollect, in the view of some Slate staffers, suggests that management didn’t properly address the situation with him. Washington Post, "Opinion: Slate clarifies guidelines on use of racial slurs following suspension of podcaster Mike Pesca," 26 Feb. 2021 Berger, in a deposition, didn’t recollect providing test data to Ohlin. Mike Hughlett, Star Tribune, "3M mired in one of largest mass torts ever over military earplugs," 18 Sep. 2020 That poetry takes it origins from ‘emotion recollected in tranquility’? Christopher Borrelli,, "For Richard Powers of Evanston, author of the Pulitzer-winning ‘Overstory,’ trees are people too," 8 Oct. 2019 Reflecting on times spent with Bob, one can't help but smile, shake your head, recollecting some crazy memory, and softly chuckle-CHEERS BOB!, "Robert D. Jones," 28 Nov. 2019 In the bestselling book, Rich Dad, Poor Dad author Robert Kiyosaki recollects his early experiences from the teachings of his poor dad, and his wealthy best friend’s dad. Ashley Mcdonough, Essence, "8 Books You Need to Read to Get Your Money Right," 27 Nov. 2019 Who will endure through the mists of time to get recollected a decade or two from now? Jon Tayler,, "37 MLB Players Destined to Become 'Guys' Who Will Be Remembered," 17 Sep. 2019 For the study, health investigators collected bronchoalveolar lavage fluid samples—that is fluid flushed into and then recollected from the lung through a tube inserted into the mouth or nose. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Vitamin E acetate found in all lung fluid samples tested from injured vapers," 8 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of recollect

Verb (1)

1559, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Verb (2)

1604, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for recollect

Verb (1)

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

Verb (2)

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

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The first known use of recollect was in 1559

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15 Apr 2021

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“Recollect.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of recollect

: to remember (something)


rec·​ol·​lect | \ ˌre-kə-ˈlekt How to pronounce recollect (audio) \
recollected; recollecting

Kids Definition of recollect

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

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