- to collect, gather, or assemble again (something scattered).
- to rally (one's faculties, powers, spirits, etc.); recover or compose (oneself).
Origin of re-collect
First recorded in 1605–15
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Examples from the Web for re-collect
It required all the rest of the day to re-collect our party and to repair damages.Christopher Carson
John S. C. Abbott
Beaten and sullen, the god again retired to re-collect his strength.The Underworld
James C. Welsh
For cogo (collect) and cogito (re-collect) have the same relation to each other as ago and agito, facio and factito.The Confessions of Saint Augustine
When his household cares obliged the ministrant to leave her room, Nydia began to re-collect her thoughts.The Last Days of Pompeii
Edward George Bulwer-Lytton
The King lay for some moments silent, but evidently striving to re-collect his thoughts.Harold, Complete
Word Origin and History for re-collect
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