Definition of recollection noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌrekəˈlekʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌrekəˈlekʃn//
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  1. 1[uncountable] the ability to remember something; the act of remembering something synonym memory recollection (of doing something) I have no recollection of meeting her before. recollection (of something) My recollection of events differs from his. To the best of my recollection (= if I remember correctly) I was not present at that meeting.
  2. 2[countable] a thing that you remember from the past synonym memory to have a clear/vivid/dim/vague recollection of something his early recollections of his father
  3. Word Originlate 16th cent. (denoting the action of gathering things together again): from French or medieval Latin recollectio(n-), from the verb recolligere ‘gather again’, from re- ‘back’ + colligere ‘collect’.Extra examples He smiled fondly at the recollection. I have absolutely no recollection of the incident. I have only a vague recollection of sunshine and sand. It was great to meet with old friends and share recollections. She smiled faintly in recollection of all the fun times they’d had together. She stared at him in sudden recollection. The novel is based on recollections of his childhood in Shanghai. The place brought back painful recollections. To the best of my recollection , he was not there that day. recollections from Eliot’s own life To the best of my recollection I was not present at that meeting.
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