Main definitions of recollect in English

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recollect1

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Remember (something); call to mind.

    ‘he could not quite recollect the reason’
    ‘‘Can you recollect how he reacted?’’
    • ‘In a halting voice, recollecting events from the past slowly, Master Willie recounted his life.’
    • ‘She remained in the position for quite some time as she struggled to recollect her bearings.’
    • ‘I sat down stunned, recollecting the days that I had spent in the East not too long ago.’
    • ‘I still smile when recollecting his sheepish grin.’
    • ‘Old-timers recollect long rows of bullock carts transporting goods from the warehouses at the Vallakkadavu dockyard.’
    • ‘She doesn't recollect historical moments by their dates, she just closes her eyes and remembers how old she was, or what she was doing when they happened.’
    • ‘Hollywood has never been short of super-patriots, though it is worth recollecting that some of them never fought in a real war.’
    • ‘Krishnan fondly recollects the days when the station was busy, before the Salem Junction took away half its work; a time when trains ran from this station to Egmore, Nagarpatnam and Thiruvarur, among other places.’
    • ‘He recalled being Melanie's favourite brother when she felt sad, and he recollected the fragrant smell of his mother's home cooking.’
    • ‘She discovered that it was possible to wake up weeping, crushed by grief even before her conscious mind could recollect the source of the pain.’
    • ‘At one point she recollects the time when she baby-sat for a school teacher.’
    • ‘She has told the tribunal she recollects the meeting and recalls that most of her Cabinet colleagues were there.’
    • ‘She recollected her childhood memory of an encounter with a poisonous snake.’
    • ‘Mr Monaghan recollects the first time he saw the ship arriving at Sligo's docks.’
    • ‘One minister has seemingly confirmed such a meeting took place but other ministers don't recollect it.’
    • ‘They recollected the pleasures of motherhood during the time of obligatory ‘full’ employment.’
    • ‘At the ripe age of 96, he recollects the historic events that took place during the country's freedom struggle, in which he took an active part.’
    • ‘She recollects the joy of working in Rishi Valley with children who created a whole feel of ancient China with carpets and nuts being sold by traders.’
    • ‘Laura tired to recollect the past week in her mind.’
    • ‘He racked his mind to recollect the whole conversation - then he got it.’
    remember, recall, call to mind, think of
    think back to, cast one's mind back to, look back on
    reminisce about, hark back to, summon up, revive the memory of
    mind
    bethink oneself of
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Origin

Early 16th century (in the sense ‘gather’): from Latin recollect- gathered back, from the verb recolligere, from re- back + colligere collect.

Pronunciation:

recollect

/ˌrɛkəˈlɛkt/

Main definitions of recollect in English

: recollect1recollect2

recollect2

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Bring oneself back to a state of composure.

    ‘he had a look round, recollected himself, and prepared for the day’
    • ‘He only looked up once she was gone, recollecting himself for a minute before following them up the stairs.’
    • ‘She had needed to take a break from her tale for a moment to recollect herself, and bring her mind back to reality for a moment.’
    • ‘Eventually he recollected himself enough to say ‘Eda!’’
    • ‘It's a time of sadness and grieving and recollecting yourself and trying to keep a center.’
    • ‘I felt his familiar arms wrap around me and rub my back as I tried to recollect myself.’
    • ‘He came to an abrupt halt, then recollected himself quickly.’
    • ‘Josh was surprised and just sat there for a moment before recollecting himself.’
    • ‘We lay there for a few seconds recollecting ourselves.’
    • ‘He went to the window and looked out, striving to recollect himself.’
    • ‘His eyes grew a little wider and his lower jaw dropped, but he quickly recollected himself.’
    • ‘I went limp before quickly recollecting myself.’
    • ‘We were again left in silence, but I did not mind so much as I would have at any other time, as it gave me ample time to recollect myself.’
    • ‘After recollecting himself, Mark closed the door.’
    • ‘Darren was suddenly aware that everyone was watching them and tried to recollect himself.’
    • ‘A gust of wind passed by them before Nick recollected himself and started to gaze outward towards the scenery below them.’
    • ‘Mr. Clough recollected himself and started with the real lesson.’
    • ‘‘It's getting late, Fred,’ he said, suddenly recollecting himself.’
    • ‘Dr. Kin recollected himself and then spoke again.’
    • ‘Mentally recollecting myself, I took a deep breath and said coolly, ‘Andrew, please leave.’’
    • ‘‘I didn't break up with her for that, I broke up with her because…’ he recollected himself, ‘because she's in love with him.’’
  • 2rare Collect or gather together again.

    ‘the blood is thence recollected dorsally into further arterial vessels’

Origin

Early 17th century: later form of recollect, from re- ‘once more’ + the verb collect.

Pronunciation:

recollect

/ˌriːkəˈlɛkt/