from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To collect again.
  • idiom (re-collect (oneself)) To become composed again, especially after one has been flustered or confused.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To collect again; to gather what has been scattered.


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  • I hope you likewise find time this weekend to re-collect & restore yourself.

    Friday At Last

  • Although the versions of this story are so numerous and so varied that they give the illusion of detail and accuracy, they become impossible here to parse out and it will forever remain difficult, perhaps impossible, to re-collect "what really happened."

    'I Saw a Nightmare …' Doing Violence to Memory: The Soweto Uprising, June 16, 1976

  • It's all part of the tradition, and I've been at it for God-knows-how-long, and besides, I needed that extra few hours to re-collect my thoughts before the Lunar New Year.

    babycartercl Diary Entry

  • I was hurried, as I may say: I had not time given me to weigh, ponder, re-collect.

    Sir Charles Grandison

  • A superstitious dread stole over her; she stood listening, for some moments, in trembling expectation, and then endeavoured to re-collect her thoughts, and to reason herself into composure; but human reason cannot establish her laws on subjects, lost in the obscurity of imagination, any more than the eye can ascertain the form of objects, that only glimmer through the dimness of night.

    The Mysteries of Udolpho

  • They could have melted down — become just a thread of stuff and leaked under a door to re-collect on the other side.

    Science Fiction Hall of Fame

  • Trouble and disquiet serve rather to distract the mind than to re-collect it.

    The Practice of the Presence of God

  • Beaten and sullen, the god again retired to re-collect his strength.

    The Underworld The Story of Robert Sinclair, Miner

  • The rebel army begun to re-collect themselves; and the greatest part marched towards Harlem, and along the East River, some miles from here; the king's army advanced eastward on Long Island, opposite the

    The Campaign of 1776 around New York and Brooklyn

  • One way to re-collect the mind easily in the time of prayer, and preserve it more in tranquillity, is not to let it wander too far at other times.

    The Practice of the Presence of God


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