Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To recall to mind. See Synonyms at remember.
  • intransitive v. To remember something; have a recollection.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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.
  • n. Same as Recollet.

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

  • v. recall knowledge from memory; have a recollection

Etymologies

Medieval Latin recolligere, recollēct-, from Latin, to gather up : re-, re- + colligere, to collect; see collect1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Medieval Latin recollectus ("remembered, composed"), from Latin recolligo ("gather again, recover") (Wiktionary)
re- +‎ collect (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • She return'd on the 24th, the next day you may recollect is sacred to our Leather Saint, and is besides her birthday.

    Letter 245

  • Carruthers observes: The ability to recollect is natural to everyone, but the procedure itself is formed by habitus, training and practice ....

    Architecture and Memory: The Renaissance Studioli of Federico da Montefeltro

  • What the novel offers is an opportunity to "remember," to recollect from a perspective of relative safety a "moment in time," even if the memories are full of doom and foreboding.

    Social Fiction

  • And throughout the book, what Christopher does and does not recollect, is of great concern for him.

    When We Were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro: Questions

  • The shape of it, as you will recollect, is that of an irregular parallelogram, with a long projection running, out from the north-east corner.

    The Position of Cyprus in the Empire

  • The first I recollect is that one spoken to Abraham, 'Fear not – I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.'

    Queechy

  • It was not a case of recollecting; for we recollect, that is, recover to memory, what is not in our mind. '

    Life Of Johnson

  • "And I am morally certain I sha'n't recollect a word of it if I don't carry away some specimens to refresh my memory, and in that case he would never give me another."

    Queechy

  • We no sooner kneel than we "recollect" something that should have been done, or something which had better be seen to at once.

    The Kneeling Christian

  • "Doubtless, your excellency will pardon a young man for speaking with diffidence on a subject, to recollect which is to cause pain."

    A Friend of Caesar A Tale of the Fall of the Roman Republic. Time, 50-47 B.C.

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