One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Collect or gather again.‘after re-collecting our apples for the second time, Bruno brought us a couple of nice sturdy sacks’
- ‘Much of this material could never be re-collected because it has come from members of seed-collection organizations who have since passed away and from areas in countries that are now involved in civil strife.’
- ‘Forty-five species represented by herbarium specimens or reported in the literature as occurring in Pike County were not re-collected during this study.’
- ‘It had been put there by Roman collectors, to them already up to 600 years old, then re-collected by a rich Dane 2,000 years later.’
- ‘When I took the still-broken appliances back and the owners didn't want them I re-collected them to keep in my room.’
- ‘But he has focused on his Vietnam years almost exclusively, and waved his thrown and apparently re-collected medals around like a magic talisman to ward off all criticisms.’
- ‘Only avant-garde practice that turns its back against the established collections of good taste can take up and re-collect the discarded.’
- ‘In the short run, it is neither possible nor necessary to re-collect most of the fossil record.’
- ‘The marine animals that we're interested in are those that are stationary and occur on the sea-bed, so that we have a good possibility of being able to go back and re-collect more if we need to.’
Early 17th century: later form of recollect, from re- ‘once more’ + the verb collect.
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