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noun recollection pronunciation in American English /ˌrekəˈlekʃ(ə)n/
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  1. [uncountable] the ability to remember something that has happened
    To the best of my recollection, we’ve never met.
    1. a.
      [countable] a memory of something
      She was only three, and has only a vague recollection of these events.


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a flower or small bunch of flowers worn on the lapel of a jacket on special occasions

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