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[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
recollective, adjective
recollectively, adverb
recollectiveness, noun
misrecollect, verb
nonrecollective, adjective
self-recollective, adjective
unrecollective, adjective
Can be confused
re-collect, recollect.
1. See remember.
1. forget.


[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).
Can be confused
re-collect, recollect. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for recollect
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  • Don't you recollect, Mr. Grimaldi, that he would not join the party to Woolwich?

    Memoirs of Joseph Grimaldi Joseph Grimaldi
  • Our whole passage was stormy, and lasted seventy days, as near as I can recollect.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • Nay, I recollect it is a people with two heads, of which I have but one.

    The Fair God Lew Wallace
  • I recollect—he has spoken to me of the Mortons, but vaguely—I forget what.

    Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • recollect to take with you vocabularies of all the tribes whom you are at all likely to visit.

    The Art of Travel Francis Galton
  • She felt a great longing that Father Antoine should recollect her.

  • And I recollect I turned to my right, and he was over more or less in the corner with a screen.

    Warren Commission (7 of 26): Hearings Vol. VII (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • It's difficult to recollect what one does on one particular day more than another, sir.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • They fade irrevocably out of my mind even now while I speak and endeavor to recall them, and recollect myself.

  • The song you ask I cannot recollect, and I have not a copy of it.

British Dictionary definitions for recollect


(when transitive, often takes a clause as object) to recall from memory; remember
Derived Forms
recollective, adjective
recollectively, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin recolligere to gather again, from re- + colligere to collect1
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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.



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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