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.
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Some employees told investigators Hacienda's policies forbid male employees from assisting female patients, while others quoted in the report had no recollection of the policy. Bree Burkitt, azcentral, "Police report: Behavior of Hacienda nurse accused of raping patient changed in months before birth," 13 June 2019 But the public did remember the Maine, and those recollections helped push the country to war several months later. John Maxwell Hamilton, National Geographic, "In a battle for readers, two media barons sparked a war in the 1890s," 16 Apr. 2019 Some of what ends up in our recollection is the truth. Brian Resnick, Vox, "Donald Trump’s attack on Christine Blasey Ford’s memory is cruel — and wrong," 3 Oct. 2018 Specifically, Viganò accused Francis of rehabilitating McCarrick from canonical sanctions imposed on him by Benedict in either 2009 or 2010, according to his recollection. Frank Miles, Fox News, "Pope to meet with head of US Bishops' Conference over sex abuse, cover-up scandal," 12 Sep. 2018 Bardo and Roseli differed in their recollection of what happened next. Sam Stanton, sacbee, "‘A low, crisp crackling.’ Suspect grins as officers recall gun battle," 23 Jan. 2018 The car was raced during the 1969 season with David Hobbs and Mike Hailwood behind the wheel, and Hobbs himself will accompany the car to the auction to share recollections of the era and his experiences driving the Gulf-Mirage. Andrew Wendler, Car and Driver, "A Rare 1969 John Wyer Gulf-Mirage M2 Race Car Is up for Auction," 10 May 2019 But whether Ford’s recollection of her experience is going to be taken seriously enough to postpone Kavanaugh’s nomination remains unclear. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "TIME’S UP Calls to Postpone Brett Kavanaugh’s Nomination," 17 Sep. 2018 That is not my recollection of the eight years under President Obama. Fox News, "Obama returns to the campaign trail," 8 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of recollection

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of recollection

: the act of remembering something or the ability to remember something
: something from the past that is remembered


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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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