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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.

    Etymology: From recollectus, from recolligo

Webster Dictionary

  1. Recollectverb

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

    Etymology: [See Recollet.]

  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

    Etymology: [See Recollet.]

  3. Recollectnoun

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

    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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Tom Hayes:

    It doesn't really matter what I recollect, i'm not qualified to answer the question.

  5. 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

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