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re-collect

[ree-kuh-lekt]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to collect, gather, or assemble again (something scattered).
  2. to rally (one's faculties, powers, spirits, etc.); recover or compose (oneself).

Origin of re-collect

First recorded in 1605–15
Can be confusedre-collect recollect
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Examples from the Web for re-collect

Historical Examples

  • It required all the rest of the day to re-collect our party and to repair damages.

    Christopher Carson</p>

    John S. C. Abbott

  • Beaten and sullen, the god again retired to re-collect his strength.

    The Underworld</p>

    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

v.

"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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