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  1. calm; composed.
  2. remembered; recalled.
  3. characterized by or given to contemplation.
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Origin of recollected

First recorded in 1620–30; recollect, re-collect + -ed2
Related formsrec·ol·lect·ed·ly, adverbrec·ol·lect·ed·ness, nounun·rec·ol·lect·ed, adjective


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


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

Synonyms for recollect

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1. See remember.

Antonyms for recollect

1. forget.
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Related Words for recollected

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

Examples from the Web for recollected

Contemporary Examples of recollected

Historical Examples of recollected

  • He recalled his condescending tone to her, and recollected his anxiety about the jar.

  • Angelique recollected the night she had passed there under the protection of these saints.

    The Dream

    Emile Zola

  • I belonged to this boat, and I now recollected that she had been towing astern.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • I have since recollected, that I must have looked very saucily.

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • Lumley recollected that such had been the real name of Mrs. Cameron.

British Dictionary definitions for recollected


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



"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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"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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