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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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In that way they forge a conversation between Bacon's 'recollective cogitation' and that of others.
The creative or recollective power that enables Lily to feel that she has captured the essence of the past also frees her from the sense of loss or of distance from the earlier period that she so vividly recalls; yet partly because it involves such a transformation of her subjective consciousness, the extent to which her "vision" is an accurate one, rather than an imaginative recreation of the past, remains ambiguous.
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This divine relation differentiates the "living contact" of imagination from the "mere play of words and notions" that is the product of the recollective faculty of fancy, which remains bound by the mechanical law of association.
A powerful synergy between recogimiento and Christ emerges since it occurs in this first definition given of recogimiento, the definition which describes the totality of the recollective undertaking.
This method elucidates participants' past experience; as van Manen (1990) contended, "reflection on lived experience is always recollective; it is reflection on experience that is already passed or lived through" (p.
His running commentary of the recollective events onstage is zestful, humorous, affectionate, and gently sardonic.
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The recollective poems that make up the fourth section of Sally's Hair would be a case in point.
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This purely recollective process is the one generally assumed in academic and commercial research on sponsorship effectiveness.
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