Recollection is either the process of remembering something or a specific memory.

If someone says, "To the best of my recollection, I never met Ted," they're saying they tried to remember Ted and couldn’t. Basically, your memory is your recollection. You can also say your memories are recollections. You could have a recollection of a baseball game on your birthday. If you know that collecting is to gather things, it makes sense that recollecting is like the process of gathering your memories.

Definitions of recollection

n the process of remembering (especially the process of recovering information by mental effort)

recall, reminiscence
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recall or remembrance
reconstruction, reconstructive memory
recall that is hypothesized to work by storing abstract features which are then used to construct the memory during recall
reproduction, reproductive memory
recall that is hypothesized to work by storing the original stimulus input and reproducing it during recall
recall after rote memorization
Type of:
memory, remembering
the cognitive processes whereby past experience is remembered

n the ability to recall past occurrences

anamnesis, remembrance
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memory, retention, retentiveness, retentivity
the power of retaining and recalling past experience

n something recalled to the mind

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something that is remembered

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