recollect

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verb rec·ol·lect \ˌre-kə-ˈlekt\

Definition of recollect

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to bring back to the level of conscious awareness :  remember trying to recollect the name

  3. 2 :  to remind (oneself) of something temporarily forgotten

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  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.

Origin and Etymology of recollect

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 English Language Learners

recollect

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verb rec·ol·lect \ˌre-kə-ˈlekt\

Definition of recollect for English Language Learners

  • : to remember (something)


RECOLLECT Defined for Kids

recollect

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verb rec·ol·lect \ˌre-kə-ˈlekt\

Definition of recollect for Students

recollected

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recollecting

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



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