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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Recent Examples on the Web But Heidi has no recollection of Cruz or anything pertaining to his case. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Amnesiac Janelle Monáe tries to recover her past in Homecoming S2 trailer," 28 Apr. 2020 These were quite stunning recollections, given that the deputy director had previously disclaimed any knowledge about the source of the leak. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "Why Wasn’t Andrew McCabe Charged?," 15 Feb. 2020 Her recollections of Abdulbari as a child matched his persona in adulthood. Rebecca Hamilton, Washington Post, "The Georgetown Student Who Became Justice Minister of Sudan," 5 Feb. 2020 With approximately 170 people attending, including many members of the inaugural class of the Glencoe Hall of Fame, Leonard’s recollections were part of an evening celebrating the village’s history. Daniel I. Dorfman,, "Glencoe celebrates 150th anniversary with gala at Chicago Botanic Garden," 22 Oct. 2019 Yet the synapses alone store recollections of only the most elementary reflexes. R. Douglas Fields, Scientific American, "The Brain Learns in Unexpected Ways," 12 Mar. 2020 As someone who faced workplace discrimination during pregnancy, Warren stood by the woman’s recollection of events as Matthews pressed her in a tense exchange. Sarah Midkiff,, "A Timeline Of Chris Matthews’ Sexist Comments About Women," 3 Mar. 2020 The film itself is not based on the recollections of any of Bernard Garrett Sr. Paul Bond, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Banker' Subject's Wives Ask Apple to Cancel Film's March Release (Exclusive)," 17 Jan. 2020 The film itself is not based on the recollections of any of Bernard Garrett Sr. Nick Romano,, "Apple resets The Banker for theaters after reviewing abuse allegations," 16 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of recollection

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of recollection was in 1611

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19 May 2020

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“Recollection.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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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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