verb (1)

Synonyms & Antonyms of recollect

(Entry 1 of 2)

to bring back to mind
  • I can't recollect if I turned the stove off or not before leaving the house

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verb (2)

Synonyms & Antonyms of re-collect (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to gain emotional or mental control of
  • she had to calm down and re-collect herself after being told she had won the lottery

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2 to get again in one's possession
  • I struggled to re-collect the papers the wind had torn from my hands

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Frequently Asked Questions About recollect

How is the word recollect distinct from other similar verbs?

Some common synonyms of recollect are recall, remember, remind, and reminisce. While all these words mean "to bring an image or idea from the past into the mind," recollect implies a bringing back to mind what is lost or scattered.

as near as I can recollect

When can recall be used instead of recollect?

While in some cases nearly identical to 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

When is remember a more appropriate choice than recollect?

While the synonyms remember and recollect are close in meaning, remember implies a keeping in memory that may be effortless or unwilled.

remembers that day as though it were yesterday

Where would remind be a reasonable alternative to recollect?

The words remind and recollect can be used in similar contexts, but remind suggests a jogging of one's memory by an association or similarity.

that reminds me of a story

In what contexts can reminisce take the place of recollect?

In some situations, the words reminisce and recollect are roughly equivalent. However, reminisce implies a casual often nostalgic recalling of experiences long past and gone.

old college friends like to reminisce

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The first known use of recollect was in 1559

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“Recollect.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2021.

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