calm; composed.
remembered; recalled.
characterized by or given to contemplation.

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)

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 confusedre-collect recollect



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 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

1. See remember.

Antonyms for recollect

1. forget. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for recollected

Contemporary Examples of recollected

  • If perhaps some conversations are recollected here with incredible level of accuracy, the narrative is better off for it.

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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.

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    Emile Zola

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

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    James Fenimore Cooper

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

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    Samuel Richardson

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

British Dictionary definitions for recollected



(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 recollected



"to collect or gather again," c.1600, from re- + collect (v.). Earlier simply "to collect" (1510s). Related: Re-collected; re-collecting.



"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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