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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Recent Examples on the Web An homage to the mixtape, with a master of the format, DJ Drama, in tow, the album is a callback to the daredevil days of Tyler’s early career, with bludgeoning bars that make full use of his sonorous voice. Sheldon Pearce, The New Yorker, 21 Dec. 2021 Big’s death also sets up the revival’s most tone-deaf callback to the original series. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 9 Dec. 2021 That’s a heartbreaking callback to the broken Iron Man helmet in Endgame. Chris Smith, BGR, 5 Dec. 2021 Officers responded to a residence Nov. 2 after receiving a 911 hang-up call with no answer upon callback. cleveland, 10 Nov. 2021 The lineup this time around includes at least one callback to the Latino Laugh Festival. Deborah Martin, San Antonio Express-News, 15 Sep. 2021 There’s a callback, here, to the show’s very first episode, when Tom, in a show of piety to Logan, gives him a five-figure birthday timepiece, relegated to fodder for a nondisclosure agreement. Jack King, Vulture, 3 Dec. 2021 Both items use fabric left over from past Loeffler Randall designs, a homespun callback to the love of quilting and DIY-crafting Randall doubled down on last year. Halie Lesavage, Harper's BAZAAR, 19 Nov. 2021 That’s the kind of MCU callback fans will recognize instantly. Chris Smith, BGR, 22 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of callback

1890, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of callback was in 1890

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19 Jan 2022

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“Callback.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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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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