v. To recover from a state of confusion or disorganization.
Other Forms
My heart was gladdened by an official-looking sign in the Milwaukee airport, just beyond the Transportation Security Administration checkpoint, hanging over where you put your shoes and coat back on and stuff your laptop back in the case: The sign said, "Recombobulation Area." The English language gains a new word. Recombobulate, America. Pull yourself together, tie your shoelaces, and if your pilot is wearing a button that says "To hell with the FAA," wait for the next flight.
—Garrison Keillor, “Running on anger,” Chicago Tribune, January 27, 2010
I needed the second half of the week to recombobulate myself after an hour in the company of Don Draper and the Mad Men.
—Chitra Ramaswamy, “Our writers' week,” Scotland on Sunday, February 15, 2009
1970 (earliest)
But whatever you do, don't let your skis cross over his. If you find this happening, put your weight on your outside ski and ride that until you're recombobulated and back on course.
—Margaret Bennett, How to ski just a little bit, Simon and Schuster, January 01, 1970