rec·​ol·​lec·​tion | \ ˌre-kə-ˈlek-shən How to pronounce recollection (audio) \

Definition of recollection

1a : tranquility of mind
b : religious contemplation
2a : the action or power of recalling to mind
b : something recalled to the mind

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memory, remembrance, recollection, reminiscence mean the capacity for or the act of remembering, or the thing remembered. memory applies both to the power of remembering and to what is remembered. gifted with a remarkable memory that incident was now just a distant memory remembrance applies to the act of remembering or the fact of being remembered. any remembrance of his deceased wife was painful recollection adds an implication of consciously bringing back to mind often with some effort. after a moment's recollection he produced the name reminiscence suggests the recalling of usually pleasant incidents, experiences, or feelings from a remote past. my grandmother's reminiscences of her Iowa girlhood

Examples of recollection in a Sentence

Her recollection of the accident is very different from mine. She has only a vague recollection of her seventh birthday party. His novel is largely based on his own recollections of his childhood in the inner city.
Recent Examples on the Web Executive produced by Cuoco, the jet-setting series' first season followed Cassie, an alcoholic stewardess who woke up in bed next to a dead body in a foreign country with no recollection of what happened. Chancellor Agard,, 17 Mar. 2022 The movie is a first-hand recollection by its director, Anastasiia Starozhytska, and her boyfriend, Valery Lavrenov, about how the war in the Donbas region affected them. Chiara Vercellone, USA TODAY, 9 Mar. 2022 At first, neither Bertie nor Kate has any recollection of the previous day when awakening the next morning. Los Angeles Times, 19 Apr. 2022 But when questions turned to Mapes’ recollection of specific phone calls and dates, his memory was admittedly hazy, the motion stated. Ray Long,, 6 Apr. 2022 Other people depicted in the show, such as Great Western Forum general manager Claire Rothman, supported West’s recollection of his time with the Lakers. Keith Nelson, Men's Health, 20 Apr. 2022 Memory recollection boxes convert citizens’ memories to currency and surveillance drones menacingly roam the streets in this digital dystopia. Edward Segarra, USA TODAY, 19 Apr. 2022 Looking at her notes from the time period for recollection, Lloyd spoke about Depp experiencing muscle spasms, chills and pains — typical for anyone going through detox — and feeling frustrated. Washington Post, 18 Apr. 2022 That corresponds with classmate Shamas’ recollection. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of recollection

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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24 May 2022

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“Recollection.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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rec·​ol·​lec·​tion | \ ˌre-kə-ˈlek-shən How to pronounce recollection (audio) \

Kids Definition of recollection

1 : the act or power of remembering : memory a good recollection
2 : something remembered recollections of childhood

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