verb (1)
rec·​ol·​lect | \ ˌre-kə-ˈlekt How to pronounce recollect (audio) \
recollected; recollecting; recollects

Definition of recollect

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to bring back to the level of conscious awareness : remember trying to recollect the name
2 : to remind (oneself) of something temporarily forgotten

intransitive verb

: to call something to mind


verb (2)
re-col·​lect | \ ˌrē-kə-ˈlekt How to pronounce re-collect (audio) \
re-collected; re-collecting; re-collects

Definition of re-collect (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to collect again especially : rally, recover

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Verb (1)

remember, recollect, recall, remind, reminisce mean to bring an image or idea from the past into the mind. remember implies a keeping in memory that may be effortless or unwilled. remembers that day as though it were yesterday recollect implies a bringing back to mind what is lost or scattered. as near as I can recollect recall suggests an effort to bring back to mind and often to re-create in speech. can't recall the words of the song remind suggests a jogging of one's memory by an association or similarity. that reminds me of a story reminisce implies a casual often nostalgic recalling of experiences long past and gone. old college friends like to reminisce

Examples of recollect in a Sentence

Verb (1) I've been trying to recollect what happened. I don't recollect telling him anything, but maybe I did. She couldn't recollect who had mentioned his name in the first place. From what I recollect, they said four of them were coming.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The voice in the background of too many memories to recollect. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 15 Aug. 2022 First, if the hiring manager struggles to recollect a specific high performer example, that's troublesome. Mark Murphy, Forbes, 24 July 2022 Hays, on the contrary, had feigned not to recollect quizzing dozens of students on their times tables, the prosecutor reminded the judge. oregonlive, 6 June 2022 Thanks for giving me a reason to go back in time and to recollect a nice memory. Demetria Gallegos, WSJ, 14 May 2022 Ask those who recollect the eight years George H.W. Bush served as vice president. Los Angeles Times, 7 Dec. 2021 Simmers told Dateline that through the investigation, witnesses were eventually questioned, but most could only recollect hearing books falling. NBC News, 28 Nov. 2021 Jimin apologized before taking a breath to recollect himself. NBC News, 20 Sep. 2021 As the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics draw to a close today, many will recollect some of this year’s highlights and look ahead to the next games due to be held in Paris in a little under three years from now. Gus Alexiou, Forbes, 5 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of recollect

Verb (1)

1559, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Verb (2)

1604, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for recollect

Verb (1)

Medieval Latin recollectus, past participle of recolligere, from Latin, to gather again

Verb (2)

partly from Latin recollectus, past participle of recolligere, from re- + colligere to collect; partly from re- + collect

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“Recollect.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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rec·​ol·​lect | \ ˌre-kə-ˈlekt How to pronounce recollect (audio) \
recollected; recollecting

Kids Definition of recollect

: to call to mind : remember Can you recollect what happened?

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