recollect

[rek-uh-lekt]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to recall to mind; recover knowledge of by memory; remember.
  2. to absorb (oneself) in spiritual meditation, especially during prayer.
verb (used without object)
  1. to have a recollection; remember.

Origin of recollect

1550–60; < Medieval Latin recollēctus, past participle of recolligere to remember, recollect (Latin: to gather up again); see re-, collect1
Related formsrec·ol·lec·tive, adjectiverec·ol·lec·tive·ly, adverbrec·ol·lec·tive·ness, nounmis·rec·ol·lect, verbnon·rec·ol·lec·tive, adjectiveself-rec·ol·lec·tive, adjectiveun·rec·ol·lec·tive, adjective
Can be confusedre-collect recollect

Synonyms for recollect

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1. See remember.

Antonyms for recollect

1. forget.

re-collect

[ree-kuh-lekt]
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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recollect

verb
  1. (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 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.

re-collect

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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