[ 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.

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 confused

re-collect recollect

Definition for recollect (2 of 2)


[ ree-kuh-lekt ]
/ ˌri kəˈlɛkt /

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 1605–15

Can be confused

re-collect recollect Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for recollect


/ (ˌrɛkəˈlɛkt) /


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

Derived Forms

recollective, adjectiverecollectively, adverb

Word Origin for recollect

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