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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Andrew Harris, 36, apparently had no recollection of entering the two homes or being tackled to the ground by a neighbor who saw him walk out of the Auburn Road home, according to a police report. David Owens,, "Suspect caught burglarizing West Hartford homes tells police he was high on PCP," 10 Sep. 2019 Here is what happened the night of the attack, according to Sattler’s recollection and a detailed account filed in state court by prosecutors. Kyle Hopkins, ProPublica, "She Leapt From a Moving Car to Escape Her Rapist. Then, She Waited 18 Years for an Arrest.," 6 Sep. 2019 Over the years, Sirhan has claimed to have no recollection of the shooting or his initial confession. Don Thompson,, "Robert F. Kennedy assassin Sirhan Sirhan stable after prison stabbing," 31 Aug. 2019 That is an interesting recollection for a couple reasons. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Padres notes: Strahm’s velocity philosophy; top of order a hit," 2 July 2019 Biden’s recollections of his involvement in Central American affairs are no more forthright, and no more insightful. Andrew Cockburn, Harper's magazine, "No Joe!," 10 June 2019 Fox News noted that Avenatti denied this allegation: Avenatti had a different recollection of the incident. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "Michael Avenatti has been arrested on a domestic violence charge," 14 Nov. 2018 The Plain Dealer wants your recollections of that time and how busing affected you and your family. Patrick O'donnell,, "Calling all readers: Looking back at busing in Cleveland 40 years later," 15 Aug. 2019 He had been particularly savaged in the previous debate by Kamala Harris, a California senator who had rebuked his warm recollections of segregationist senators, along with his one-time opposition to mandatory school busing. I.k. | Washington, The Economist, "Joe Biden comes under fire in the second Democratic debate," 1 Aug. 2019

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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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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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