Definition of recollect
1 : to bring back to the level of conscious awareness : remember trying to recollect the name
2 : to remind (oneself) of something temporarily forgotten
: to call something to mind
Examples of recollect in a Sentence
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.
Recent Examples of recollect from the Web
From time to time, so Vera recollected, said Austerlitz, Maximilian would tell the tale of how once . . .
Years later, internees would recollect the cold, the heat, the wind, the dust—and the isolation.
Across the road is the Power Hall which houses engines of all shapes and sizes, recollecting Manchester’s industrial history.
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Origin and Etymology of recollect
Medieval Latin recollectus, past participle of recolligere, from Latin, to gather again
First Known Use: 1559See Words from the same year
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Definition of recollect for English Language Learners
: to remember (something)
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