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[ree-kuh-lekt] /ˌri kəˈlɛkt/
verb (used with object)
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
Can be confused
re-collect, recollect. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • 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.

  • 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 Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Word Origin and History for re-collect

"to collect or gather again," c.1600, from re- + collect (v.). Earlier simply "to collect" (1510s). Related: Re-collected; re-collecting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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