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I think I recollect that she was away at college that year.
  to remember — especially experiences from long ago
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recollect recollected recollecting recollects recollective
Synonym comparison:  Relative to its synonyms, recollect brings to mind a leisurely piecing together of distant memories. It may be used in a less formal manner than remember and is almost always less formal than recall.
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  • I think I recollect that she was away at college that year.
  • I don’t recollect her name, but I’d recognize her.
  • Perks, you will recollect, was the Porter.
    Edith Nesbit  --  The Railway Children
  • I do not recollect that we did.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice

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  • Recollect, or I’ll pull your hair!
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • I don’t recollect trying to get pregnant that first time.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • but when I recollect all the uneasiness I occasioned her, and how little I deserve to be forgiven, I am mad with anger.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • How well I recollect the wintry ride!
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • I told him I didn’t recollect my Pa; that I lived here with Granpa and Granma.
    Forest Carter  --  Education of Little Tree
  • for the life of me, I cannot recollect it.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey

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  • Recollecting, soon afterwards, that he was probably dividing Elinor from her sister, he put an end to his visit
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • I am at home here, Phoebe, you must recollect, and you are the stranger.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • Then I recollected how he’d done right well in his law practice.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • Please recollect the funeral I gave Miss Mattie Lou.
    Olive Ann Burns  --  Cold Sassy Tree
  • Perhaps you recollect me?
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • She would invoke the past, recall old recollections;
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • She was pretty too, if my recollections of her face and person are correct.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • All the stories of ghosts and goblins that he had heard in the afternoon now came crowding upon his recollection.
    Washington Irving  --  The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • recollection embraces them forever.
    Robert Newton Peck  --  A Day No Pigs Would Die
  • The fact is, I have tended increasingly of late to indulge myself in such recollections.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
  • Anne’s recollections of the concert were quite happy enough to animate her features and make her rejoice to talk of it.
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • In this occupation she hoped, moreover, to bury some of the recollections of Mansfield, which were too apt to seize her mind
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • A painful recollection flashed into his mind.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • The clearing was used for family reunions until they went out of style, which was well within Jean Louise’s recollection.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • It isn’t until the fifth stage of grief that the memories of them stop hurting as much—when the recollections become positive.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Slammed
  • Amy had been fond of recollecting stories of men obsessed with her.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • I have no recollection of what more we talked about, if anything.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • In fact, I was thinking yesterday that I have a vague recollection of you running around in nothing but a diaper.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir
  • Julian’s breath skittered, and Clary could almost feel it, feel his horror at the recollection warring with the compulsion to tell it, to relive it.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • She had some vague recollection of a terrible child abduction and murder— Francis checked his watch, as if knowing that explaining Denmark would steal a minute from him.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • I could not recollect all of the nightmarish details of my fight with Python, but I did know he had been no pushover.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • "If they argue—and all loving couples argue—they’ll never be alone to recollect themselves, to find ways to forgive each other."
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • The only fever I recollected was my burning affection for my beginnings and belongings.
    Pam Munoz Ryan  --  Esperanza Rising
  • His only recollection was a feeling of sheer, joyful exuberance, himself in celebration: shouting "A-men!" in the Bethany Church, bashing John McNab’s fastballs out of sight, dancing the polka with Grayson.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Maniac Magee
  • "I ’ave no recollection o’ any-thin’
    Theodore Taylor  --  The Cay
  • That made me recollect how Birdsong Creek had got its name.
    Fred Gipson  --  Old Yeller
  • No recollection of his face?
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • Maybe after the procedure I’ll wake up as from a high fever, with only a vague recollection of my dreams and a sense of overwhelming relief.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • When Conrad, Gordon, and Bean blasted off from Cape Kennedy, amidst the swirl of thoughts that passed swiftly through their minds, the hundreds of fragmental recollections that flashed before them at the instant of takeoff, the one that never occurred to them was that eighteen children and one teacher on Yamacraw Island shouted the last ten digits of the countdown and cheered as the rocket lifted off the launchpad on the first step of the journey to the moon.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • "I was to Holland once," he said, voice wistful with recollection.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • The beginning of that Sunday afternoon remains one of the pleasantest blurs amid a lifetime of blurred recollections.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • My nose and mouth recollected Momma’s, but the set of the eyes, those came from Poppa.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Chains
  • "Painkiller," I muttered happily, recollecting Mr. Crook explaining the uses of the barks and herbs we found.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • At that moment he had a clear recollection of a woman knocking, saying Alan?
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • Recollections of how I’d thrown Sofia up against that pillar entered my mind.
    Bella Forrest  --  A Shade of Vampire
  • Describe to us your recollection of the incident.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • I made a fast recollection of the crime scene.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • I do not recollect of ever seeing my mother by the light of day.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • I jus’ passed a recollection about you to a guy not an hour ago.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • It is high time for you to get away from these terrible recollections.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
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