[ rek-uh-lekt ]
/ ˌrɛk əˈlɛkt /

verb (used with object)

to recall to mind; recover knowledge of by memory; remember.
to absorb (oneself) in spiritual meditation, especially during prayer.

verb (used without object)

to have a recollection; remember.


Nearby words

  1. recognizor,
  2. recoil,
  3. recoil escapement,
  4. recoil-operated,
  5. recoilless,
  6. recollected,
  7. recollection,
  8. recombinant,
  9. recombinant dna,
  10. recombinant dna technology

Origin of recollect

1550–60; < Medieval Latin recollēctus, past participle of recolligere to remember, recollect (Latin: to gather up again); see re-, collect1

Related forms
Can be confusedre-collect recollect Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for misrecollect


/ (ˌrɛkəˈlɛkt) /


(when tr, often takes a clause as object) to recall from memory; remember
Derived Formsrecollective, adjectiverecollectively, adverb

Word Origin for recollect

C16: from Latin recolligere to gather again, from re- + colligere to collect 1

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Word Origin and History for misrecollect



"remember, recover knowledge of," 1550s, from Latin recollectus, past participle of recolligere, literally "to collect again," from re- "again" (see re-) + colligere "gather" (see collect). Related: Recollected; recollecting. The pronunciation is based on recollection.

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