call·​back | \ ˈkȯl-ˌbak How to pronounce callback (audio) \

Definition of callback

1 : a return call
b : a recall of an employee to work after a layoff
c : a second or additional audition for a theatrical part

Examples of callback in a Sentence

She got constant callbacks from the salesman even after she asked him to stop calling. With the latest callback, the factory will employ 30,000 workers. If he used better materials, he wouldn't have so many callbacks.
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One Twitter user thinks this might actually be a clever callback to Swift's birthplace in Pennsylvania. Glamour, "All the Hidden References on Taylor Swift's New Magazine Cover," 9 May 2019 This hasn't been Cox's only callback to Friends on Instagram. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Courteney Cox Revisited Her Friends Apartment With a Perfect Instagram Tribute," 21 Mar. 2019 Nostalgia is a clear selling point in this regard — the movie makes the most of its retro setting, with copious use of The Smiths, appearances from Mr. T cereal, and other 1980s pop-culture callbacks. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Bumblebee proves Transformers movies can actually be resonant and emotional," 20 Dec. 2018 The lens is a callback to one released way back in 1977, the AI Noct-NIKKOR 58mm f/1.2. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Nikon strikes back at Sony with first full-frame mirrorless cameras," 23 Aug. 2018 The second is a jokey callback to the dimension-jumping aspect of the movie. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse: the movie’s 2 post-credits scenes, explained," 15 Dec. 2018 According to Autostraddle, the book also makes several callbacks to the original movie so there will be plenty for old fans to enjoy while reading it. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, ""Hocus Pocus"' New YA Sequel Has a Lesbian Couple and It's Everything," 25 July 2018 Stiller’s Cohen is an ongoing callback to a Meet the Parents/Cohen-Mueller lie detector gag in April — Stiller’s counterpart, Robert De Niro, made his second appearance in a recent cold open. Rachel Withers, Vox, "On SNL’s cold open, Trump is jealous of Putin and MBS’s budding bromance," 2 Dec. 2018 Internet reliability is a potential problem, as is the need to transmit accurate location data and a callback number to emergency call takers, emergency communications professionals say. Sarah Krouse, WSJ, "Alexa Can Do Many Things But Won’t Call 911," 6 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of callback

1890, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of callback

: a return telephone call
: a call for employees to come back to work
: a request to a worker to come back and fix problems

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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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