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RECOLLECT', verb transitive [re and collect; Latin recolligo, recollectus.]

1. To collect again; applied to ideas that have escaped from the memory; to recover or call back ideas to the memory. I recollect what was said at a former interview; or I cannot recollect what was said.

2. To recover or recall the knowledge of; to bring back to the mind or memory. I met a man whom I thought I had seen before, but I could not recollect his name or the place where I had seen him. I do not recollect you, sir.

3. To recover resolution or composure of mind.

The Tyrian queen admir'd his fortunes, more admir'd the man, then recollected stood.

[In this sense, collected is more generally used.]