- to recall to mind; recover knowledge of by memory; remember.
- to absorb (oneself) in spiritual meditation, especially during prayer.
- to have a recollection; remember.
Origin of recollect
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1. See remember.
- 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 recollect
We should recollect also that the season of peace is best adapted to these preparations.
Do you not recollect that only two months ago you scolded me, and ridiculed my plans?The Dream
But if you recollect, dear mother, the very next day I confessed the truth to you.Tales And Novels, Volume 5 (of 10)
Our whole passage was stormy, and lasted seventy days, as near as I can recollect.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
Damme, why did not you come to dine with us that day, now I recollect it?Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10)
- (when tr, often takes a clause as object) to recall from memory; remember
C16: from Latin recolligere to gather again, from re- + colligere to collect 1
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Word Origin and History for recollect
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