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Definitions for recollect
ˌrɛk əˈlɛktrec·ol·lect

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. remember, retrieve, recall, call back, call up, recollect, thinkverb

    recall knowledge from memory; have a recollection

    "I can't remember saying any such thing"; "I can't think what her last name was"; "can you remember her phone number?"; "Do you remember that he once loved you?"; "call up memories"


  1. recollectverb

    To collect (things) together again.

  2. Etymology: From recollectus, from recolligo

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To RECOLLECTverb

    Etymology: recollectus, Lat.

    It did relieve my passion much;
    More than light airs and recollected terms
    Of these most brisk and giddy paced times. William Shakespeare.

    Recollect every day the things seen, heard, or read, which made any addition to your understanding. Isaac Watts, Logick.

    The Tyrian queen
    Admir’d his fortunes, more admir’d the man;
    Then recollected stood. John Dryden, Æneis.

    Now that God hath made his light radiate in his word, men may recollect those scattered divine beams, and kindling with them the topicks proper to warm our affections, enflame holy zeal. Boyle.


  1. Recollect

    The Recollects (French: Récollets) were a French reform branch of the Friars Minor, a Franciscan order. Denoted by their gray habits and pointed hoods, the Recollects took vows of poverty and devoted their lives to prayer, penance, and spiritual reflection. Today, they are best known for their presence as missionaries in various parts of the world, most notably in early Canada. The order had its origins in the 16th century. Officially named the "Order of Friars Minor Recollect", they used the post-nominal initials O.F.M. Rec. (Latin: Ordo fratrum minorum recollectorum) or O.M.R. (Ordo minorum recollectorum). In 1897, Pope Leo XIII officially dissolved the Recollects order and integrated it as a part of the Franciscan order, officially changing their name to Friars Minor.


  1. recollect

    To recollect is to recall or remember something from the past. This can refer to specific information, events, people, or experiences that have been previously encountered or experienced. It involves retrieving memories or details from one's memory storage.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Recollectverb

    to recover or recall the knowledge of; to bring back to the mind or memory; to remember

  2. Recollectverb

    reflexively, to compose one's self; to recover self-command; as, to recollect one's self after a burst of anger; -- sometimes, formerly, in the perfect participle

  3. Recollectnoun

    a friar of the Strict Observance, -- an order of Franciscans

  4. Etymology: [See Recollet.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Recollect

    rē-kol-ekt′, v.t. to collect again.

  2. Recollect

    rek-ol-ekt′, v.t. to remember: to recover composure or resolution (with reflex. pron.).—n. Recollec′tion, act of recollecting or remembering: the power of recollecting: memory: that which is recollected: reminiscence.—adj. Recollec′tive, having the power of recollecting.

  3. Recollect

    rek′ol-ekt, n. a member of a congregation of a monastic order following a very strict rule—mostly of the Franciscan order forming a branch of the Observantines.—Also Rec′ollet.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of recollect in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of recollect in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of recollect in a Sentence

  1. Alexander Hamilton:

    Let us recollect that peace or war will not always be left to our option; that however moderate or unambitious we may be, we cannot count upon the moderation, or hope to extinguish the ambition of others.

  2. Francois de La Rochefoucauld:

    Why is it that our memory is good enough to retain the least triviality that happens to us, and yet not good enough to recollect how often we have told it to the same person

  3. Oliver Sacks:

    To be ourselves we must have ourselves – possess, if need be re-possess, our life-stories. We must “recollect” ourselves, recollect the inner drama, the narrative, of ourselves. A man needs such a narrative, a continuous inner narrative, to maintain his identity, his self.

  4. Plato:

    For this invention of yours will produce forgetfulness in the minds of those who learn it, by causing them to neglect their memory, inasmuch as, from their confidence in writing, they will recollect by the external aid of foreign symbols, and not by the internal use of their own faculties. Your discovery, therefore, is a medicine not for memory, but for recollection-for recalling to, not for keeping in mind.

  5. Joseph Addison:

    I have somewhere met with the epitaph on a charitable man which has pleased me very much. I cannot recollect the words, but here is the sense of it: What I spent I lost; what I possessed is left to others; what I gave away remains with me.

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