Definition of recollection in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌrɛkəˈlɛkʃ(ə)n/


[mass noun]
1The action or faculty of remembering or recollecting something: to the best of my recollection no one ever had a bad word to say about him
More example sentences
  • To the best of my recollection the ‘average’ lifespan for marriages in the UK is anywhere between five to seven years.
  • To the best of my recollection, two men were put on the job.
  • To the best of my recollection, Stanley played the part of a man who was persuaded by Satan to have a television, one of the first in his street, in his home.
1.1 [count noun] A thing recollected; a memory: a biography based on his wife’s recollections
More example sentences
  • She filled the margins with recollections of special memories and funny phrases.
  • I would love to know a little about the stories involved, your memories, feelings and recollections.
  • Everybody who has met her has their own special memories of the occasion, and it is those recollections that we would like you to share with us.
memory, remembrance, mental image, impression, reminiscence
technical anamnesis



Example sentences
  • Just to test it, they'll go on the computer or meet with friends even when they know they're grounded, counting on our feeble recollective abilities to get away with it.
  • The reason animators use familiar voices is that immediate connection the audience makes with a character whose speech strikes a recollective chord.


Late 16th century (denoting the action of gathering things together again): from French or medieval Latin recollectio(n-), from the verb recolligere 'gather again' (see recollect1).

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