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recollect (oneself)

To remember or become aware of one's purpose, intention, or situation, especially after a momentary interruption, diversion, or distraction; to become recomposed. The protestor's chants threw the presentation into chaos for a moment, but the speaker soon recollected himself and carried on as before. She appeared to drift off into thought halfway through her story, before recollecting herself and picking up where she left off.
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recollect (oneself)

To become aware of one's immediate situation or purpose after a distraction: recollected myself after the interruption.
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His good friend Perry, too, whom he had spoken to on the subject, did not at present recollect any thing of the riddle kind; but he had desired Perry to be upon the watch, and as he went about so much, something, he thought, might come from that quarter.
But I can remember nothing;not even that particular riddle which you have heard me mention; I can only recollect the first stanza; and there are several.
And that is all that I can recollect of itbut it is very clever all the way through.
Do not you recollect, I came about six weeks ago to plead for clemency, as I come to-day to plead for justice.
You will see now, my dear friend, that I shall recollect his name quite well.
I recollect Peggotty and I peeping out at them from my little window; I recollect how closely they seemed to be examining the sweetbriar between them, as they strolled along; and how, from being in a perfectly angelic temper, Peggotty turned cross in a moment, and brushed my hair the wrong way, excessively hard.
It touches me nearly now, although I tell it lightly, to recollect how eager I was to leave my happy home; to think how little I suspected what I did leave for ever.
I am glad to recollect that when the carrier's cart was at the gate, and my mother stood there kissing me, a grateful fondness for her and for the old place I had never turned my back upon before, made me cry.
I am glad to recollect that when the carrier began to move, my mother ran out at the gate, and called to him to stop, that she might kiss me once more.
Mentioning recollecting,' said Mrs Boffin, with her work abandoned, her eyes upon the fire, and her chin upon her hand, 'do you recollect, Noddy, how you said to Mr Rokesmith when he first came to see us at the Bower, and you engaged him--how you said to him that if it had pleased Heaven to send John Harmon to his fortune safe, we could have been content with the one Mound which was our legacy, and should never have wanted the rest?
Perhaps to provide some shade to the friars and their parishioners as they entered the church, later Recollect missionaries, those who served during the second half of the 19th century (between the 1860s and the 1890s), added porticos to the churches of Baclayon, Cortes, Loay and Dauis.
I recollect that Mr Michael Proctor was sports master at Hugh Bell but do not remember a sports master at Victoria Road.
When prosecuting counsel, Tom O'Connell, asked the man to admit to rape, the accused replied: "I can't recollect.
YOU will recollect that several months ago a body of illustrious dignitaries from Liverpool set off to New York to study the effects of their smoking ban within public places.
Renowned criminal psychologist Dr Miranda Grey (Halle Berry) wakes from a deep sleep to find herself incarcerated and accused of a murder she cannot recollect.