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Definition of recollect verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    [transitive, intransitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they recollect
    he / she / it recollects
    past simple recollected
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  1. 1(not used in the progressive tenses)
  2. 2(rather formal) to remember something, especially by making an effort to remember it synonym recall
  3. 3 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.
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