Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or power of recollecting.
  • n. Something recollected.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of recollecting, or recalling to the memory; the operation by which objects are recalled to the memory, or ideas revived in the mind; reminiscence; remembrance.
  • n. The power of recalling ideas to the mind, or the period within which things can be recollected; remembrance
  • n. That which is recollected; something called to mind; a reminiscence.
  • n. (also spelled re-collection) The act or practice of collecting or concentrating the mind; concentration; self-control.
  • n. Process of collecting again.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of recollecting, or recalling to the memory; the operation by which objects are recalled to the memory, or ideas revived in the mind; reminiscence; remembrance.
  • n. The power of recalling ideas to the mind, or the period within which things can be recollected; remembrance; memory.
  • n. That which is recollected; something called to mind; reminiscence.
  • n. The act or practice of collecting or concentrating the mind; concentration; self-control.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of recollecting, or recalling to the memory; the act by which objects are voluntarily recalled to the memory or ideas are revived in the mind; the searching of the memory; reminiscence; remembrance.
  • n. The power of recalling ideas to the mind, or the period over which such power extends; remembrance: as, the events mentioned are not within my recollection.
  • n. That which is recollected; something recalled to mind.
  • n. The operation or practice of collecting or concentrating the mind; concentration; collectedness.
  • n. =Syn. 1–3. Remembrance, Reminiscence, etc. See memory.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the process of remembering (especially the process of recovering information by mental effort)
  • n. the ability to recall past occurrences
  • n. something recalled to the mind

Etymologies

Via French récollection or the verb recollect, both from Latin recollectus, the past participle of recolligere ("to collect again"), itself from re- + colligere ("to gather"). (Wiktionary)
re- +‎ collection (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Not for nothing that the Muslim prayer for retaining recollection translates as Doa Penerang Hati.

    On Memory

  • Although, my recollection is an ambassador was keep waiting for Clinton.

    Sound Politics: Great moments in public education

  • The first that starts vividly to my recollection is the picture of a short, stumpy, thickset man – a British sailor, too – who came to stay one night under our roof, and took quiet possession of his quarters for nine months, and whom we are obliged to tolerate from the simple fact that we could not get rid of him.

    Roughing It in the Bush

  • My crude recollection is that by protecting the industry or firm, you create a super giant that can be competitive globally.

    Coyote Blog » Blog Archive » I Need Some Help on Alternative Energy Subsidies

  • I don't recall seeing a lot of young fans at the UK cons I've attended (though, to be honest, time has passed and recollection is cloudy).

    Graying of Fandom?

  • My recollection is that on their home planet they were humanoid, and started turning into trucks and cars to blend in on earth.

    Matthew Yglesias » The Ontology of Transformers

  • The recollection is that he said something to the effect of How can you even think of expensive coffee drinks in our current situation?

    Whitey on the Moon « Gerry Canavan

  • On the day I have in recollection, Paul Tichlorne had been mooning all morning in my study over a current scientific review.

    Moon Face:The Shadow and the Flash

  • In the biggest devil devil house he encountered the head of Borckman, and snarled at it, without receiving response, in recollection of the fight he had fought with the schnapps-addled mate on the deck of the Arangi.

    CHAPTER XV

  • I had in recollection a thought I once entertained of writing a reconciliation of Kant and Spencer.

    Local Color

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