from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To use one's memory to become aware of (something); recall to mind.
  • intransitive verb To remember something; have a recollection.
  • idiom (recollect (oneself)) To become aware of one's immediate situation or purpose after a distraction.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To collect or gather again; collect what has been scattered: often written distinctively re-collect: as, to re-collect routed troops.
  • To summon back, as scattered ideas; reduce to order; gather together.
  • To recover (one's self); collect (one's self): used reflexively in the past participle.
  • To gather; collect.
  • To come together again; reunite.
  • To recover or recall knowledge of; bring back to the mind or memory; remember.
  • Synonyms To call up, call to mind. See remember and memory.
  • noun Same as Recollet.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To recover or recall the knowledge of; to bring back to the mind or memory; to remember.
  • transitive verb Reflexively, to compose one's self; to recover self-command; ; -- sometimes, formerly, in the perfect participle.
  • noun (Eccl.) A friar of the Strict Observance, -- an order of Franciscans.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To recall; to collect one's thoughts again, especially about past events.
  • verb transitive, obsolete To collect (things) together again.

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

  • verb recall knowledge from memory; have a recollection


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

[Medieval Latin recolligere, recollēct-, from Latin, to gather up : re-, re- + colligere, to collect; see collect.]

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From Medieval Latin recollectus ("remembered, composed"), from Latin recolligo ("gather again, recover")

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re- +‎ collect


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