v. rec·ol·lect·ed, rec·ol·lect·ing, rec·ol·lects
To use one's memory to become aware of (something); recall to mind.
To remember something; have a recollection.
To become aware of one's immediate situation or purpose after a distraction: recollected myself after the interruption.
[Medieval Latin recolligere, recollēct-, from Latin, to gather up : re-, re- + colligere, to collect; see COLLECT1.]
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