Definition of recollect verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

recollect

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˌrekəˈlekt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌrekəˈlekt//
 
[transitive, intransitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they recollect
BrE BrE//ˌrekəˈlekt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌrekəˈlekt//
 
he / she / it recollects
BrE BrE//ˌrekəˈlekts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌrekəˈlekts//
 
past simple recollected
BrE BrE//ˌrekəˈlektɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌrekəˈlektɪd//
 
past participle recollected
BrE BrE//ˌrekəˈlektɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌrekəˈlektɪd//
 
past simple recollecting
BrE BrE//ˌrekəˈlektɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌrekəˈlektɪŋ//
 
past participle recollecting
BrE BrE//ˌrekəˈlektɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌrekəˈlektɪŋ//
 
 
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(not used in the progressive tenses) (rather formal) to remember something, especially by making an effort to remember it synonym recall recollect (something) She could no longer recollect the details of the letter. As far as I can recollect, she wasn't there on that occasion. recollect what, how, etc… I don't recollect what he said. recollect that… I recollect that we were all gathered in the kitchen. recollect (somebody/something) doing something I recollect him/his saying that it was dangerous. + speech ‘It was just before the war,’ she recollected. Word Origin early 16th cent. (in the sense ‘gather’): from Latin recollect- ‘gathered back’, from the verb recolligere, from re- ‘back’ + colligere ‘collect’.
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