Main definitions of recollect in English

: recollect1recollect2

recollect1

verb

[with object]
  • Remember (something); call to mind.

    ‘he could not quite recollect the reason’
    with clause ‘can you recollect how your brother 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I still smile when recollecting his sheepish grin.’
    • ‘She has told the tribunal she recollects the meeting and recalls that most of her Cabinet colleagues were there.’
    • ‘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 discovered that it was possible to wake up weeping, crushed by grief even before her conscious mind could recollect the source of the pain.’
    • ‘Mr Monaghan recollects the first time he saw the ship arriving at Sligo's docks.’
    • ‘I sat down stunned, recollecting the days that I had spent in the East not too long ago.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At one point she recollects the time when she baby-sat for a school teacher.’
    • ‘Laura tired to recollect the past week in her mind.’
    • ‘He racked his mind to recollect the whole conversation - then he got it.’
    • ‘He recalled being Melanie's favourite brother when she felt sad, and he recollected the fragrant smell of his mother's home cooking.’
    • ‘One minister has seemingly confirmed such a meeting took place but other ministers don't recollect it.’
    • ‘Old-timers recollect long rows of bullock carts transporting goods from the warehouses at the Vallakkadavu dockyard.’
    • ‘They recollected the pleasures of motherhood during the time of obligatory ‘full’ employment.’
    • ‘She recollected her childhood memory of an encounter with a poisonous snake.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Hollywood has never been short of super-patriots, though it is worth recollecting that some of them never fought in a real war.’
    remember, recall, call to mind, think 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//ˌrekəˈlekt/

Main definitions of recollect in English

: recollect1recollect2

recollect2

verb

[with object]
  • 1recollect oneselfBring oneself back to a state of composure.

    ‘he had a look around, recollected himself, and prepared for the day’
    • ‘A gust of wind passed by them before Nick recollected himself and started to gaze outward towards the scenery below them.’
    • ‘He only looked up once she was gone, recollecting himself for a minute before following them up the stairs.’
    • ‘Josh was surprised and just sat there for a moment before recollecting himself.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He went to the window and looked out, striving to recollect himself.’
    • ‘Mr. Clough recollected himself and started with the real lesson.’
    • ‘‘It's getting late, Fred,’ he said, suddenly recollecting himself.’
    • ‘I felt his familiar arms wrap around me and rub my back as I tried to recollect myself.’
    • ‘We lay there for a few seconds recollecting ourselves.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I went limp before quickly recollecting myself.’
    • ‘Dr. Kin recollected himself and then spoke again.’
    • ‘It's a time of sadness and grieving and recollecting yourself and trying to keep a center.’
    • ‘He came to an abrupt halt, then recollected himself quickly.’
    • ‘‘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.’’
    • ‘Eventually he recollected himself enough to say ‘Eda!’’
    • ‘Mentally recollecting myself, I took a deep breath and said coolly, ‘Andrew, please leave.’’
    • ‘After recollecting himself, Mark closed the door.’
    • ‘His eyes grew a little wider and his lower jaw dropped, but he quickly recollected himself.’
    • ‘Darren was suddenly aware that everyone was watching them and tried to recollect himself.’
  • 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

/ˌrɛkəˈlɛkt//ˌrekəˈlekt/