SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN 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) Origin of recollect 1550–60;
Medieval Latin recollēctus,
past participle of
to remember, recollect (
to gather up again); see
collect 1 Related forms rec·ol·lec·tive, adjective rec·ol·lec·tive·ly, adverb rec·ol·lec·tive·ness, noun mis·rec·ol·lect, verb non·rec·ol·lec·tive, adjective self-rec·ol·lec·tive, adjective un·rec·ol·lec·tive, adjective 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
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cite Examples from the Web for recollect Historical Examples of recollect British Dictionary definitions for recollect verb ( when tr, often takes a clause as object) to recall from memory; remember Derived Forms recollective, adjective recollectively, 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 recollect v.
"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. v.
"to collect or gather again," c.1600, from
re- + collect (v.). Earlier simply "to collect" (1510s). Related: Re-collected; re-collecting.
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