recollection

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noun rec·ol·lec·tion \ ˌre-kə-ˈlek-shən \

Definition of recollection

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

Examples of recollection in a Sentence

  1. Her recollection of the accident is very different from mine.

  2. She has only a vague recollection of her seventh birthday party.

  3. His novel is largely based on his own recollections of his childhood in the inner city.

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First Known Use of recollection

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recollection Synonyms

Synonym Discussion of recollection

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


RECOLLECTION Defined for English Language Learners

recollection

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Definition of recollection for English Language Learners

  • : the act of remembering something or the ability to remember something

  • : something from the past that is remembered


RECOLLECTION Defined for Kids

recollection

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noun rec·ol·lec·tion \ ˌre-kə-ˈlek-shən \

Definition of recollection for Students

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


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