Definition of recollect in English:



  • Remember (something); call to mind.

    ‘he could not quite recollect the reason’
    [with clause] ‘can you recollect how your brother reacted?’
    • ‘At one point she recollects the time when she baby-sat for a school teacher.’
    • ‘I still smile when recollecting his sheepish grin.’
    • ‘One minister has seemingly confirmed such a meeting took place but other ministers don't recollect it.’
    • ‘She recollected her childhood memory of an encounter with a poisonous snake.’
    • ‘She has told the tribunal she recollects the meeting and recalls that most of her Cabinet colleagues were there.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Hollywood has never been short of super-patriots, though it is worth recollecting that some of them never fought in a real war.’
    • ‘In a halting voice, recollecting events from the past slowly, Master Willie recounted his life.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Mr Monaghan recollects the first time he saw the ship arriving at Sligo's docks.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He racked his mind to recollect the whole conversation - then he got it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He recalled being Melanie's favourite brother when she felt sad, and he recollected the fragrant smell of his mother's home cooking.’
    • ‘They recollected the pleasures of motherhood during the time of obligatory ‘full’ employment.’
    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
    bethink oneself of
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Early 16th century (in the sense gather): from Latin recollect- gathered back from the verb recolligere, from re- back + colligere collect.