Definition of re-collect in US English:



[with object]
  • Collect or gather again.

    ‘after re-collecting our apples for the second time, Bruno brought us a couple of nice sturdy sacks’
    • ‘Only avant-garde practice that turns its back against the established collections of good taste can take up and re-collect the discarded.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the short run, it is neither possible nor necessary to re-collect most of the fossil record.’
    • ‘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.’


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