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noun recollection pronunciation in British 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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