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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.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to have a recollection; remember.
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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


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1. See remember.


1. forget.


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).
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Origin of re-collect

First recorded in 1605–15
Can be confusedre-collect recollect
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Related Words

awaken, waken, retrospect, recall, flash, mind, revive, summon, reminisce, remind, arouse, place, recognize, retain, bethink, rouse, stir, cite

Examples from the Web for recollect

Historical Examples

  • We should recollect also that the season of peace is best adapted to these preparations.

    United States Presidents' Inaugural Speeches


  • Do you not recollect that only two months ago you scolded me, and ridiculed my plans?

    The Dream

    Emile Zola

  • But if you recollect, dear mother, the very next day I confessed the truth to you.

  • 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?

British Dictionary definitions for recollect


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

Word Origin

C16: from Latin recolligere to gather again, from re- + colligere to collect 1
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Word Origin and History for recollect


"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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"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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