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[ree-kuh-lek-shuh n] /ˌri kəˈlɛk ʃən/
the act of re-collecting or the state of being re-collected.
1590-1600; re- + collection


[rek-uh-lek-shuh n] /ˌrɛk əˈlɛk ʃən/
the act or power of recollecting, or recalling to mind; remembrance.
something that is recollected:
recollections of one's childhood.
1635-45; < French récollection or Medieval Latin recollēctiōn- (stem of recollēctiō), equivalent to recollēct(us) (see recollect) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
misrecollection, noun
nonrecollection, noun
self-recollection, noun
1. recall. 1, 2. memory. 2. memoir. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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  • These recollections give him a chance to get his licks in.
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  • recollections of older fishers of the local abundance of sharks in the past drives the team to search for top predators today.
  • Even her hairdresser and her executioner published ghostwritten recollections.
  • The wonderful aroma of the shop was heavenly to me and to this day brings warm and happy recollections.
  • Often it revolves around acquaintances, alcohol, and hazy recollections.
  • How fickle, mutable, and faulty are the brain's recollections.
  • Time and neglect has lost to my generation any correspondence or recollections from these witnesses to those events.
  • Most of them found engaging new paths in life and their affectionate recollections are astonishing.
  • Far from existing in one discrete module, however, recollections develop from thousands of connections among neurons.
Word Origin and History for recollections



1590s, "a gathering together again," from French récollection (14c.) or directly from Medieval Latin recollectionem (nominative recollectio), noun of action from past participle stem of recolligere (see recollect). Meaning "act of recalling to memory" is from 1680s; a thing or scene so recalled, from 1781.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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