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 The most obvious callback to Barilla’s 956 is the GT3’s livery, which combines Summer Yellow paint with white and black stripes. Caleb Miller, Car and Driver, 8 Nov. 2021 In addition to having the most 1995 lineup possible of Jeff Foxworthy, Kevin Spacey, and musical guest Collective Soul, Kalter’s first intro also features a callback to this 12-year-old anecdote from Letterman. Ramsey Ess, Vulture, 7 Oct. 2021 With Palms, Bieber has launched a pre-rolled joint line called Peaches, a callback to the hit song of the same name, referencing one of the most memorable lines from the song’s chorus. Ethan Millman, Rolling Stone, 4 Oct. 2021 After hearing nothing but a TV in the background on a 9-1-1 call around 8 p.m. Sept. 5, with a busy line on the callback, police checked the residence and found that the occupant had been trying to dial the weather number. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, 9 Sep. 2021 Researchers found that employers were a whopping 2.1 times more likely to give a callback to a woman who was not a parent than to an equally qualified mother. Kim Elsesser, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2021 Next to every possible new direction — every unique blending of rap, rock, and gospel – there’s a callback to old Kanye or an attempt to bring him up to speed on modern rap trends. Craig Jenkins, Vulture, 2 Sep. 2021 According to the Harvard Business Review, white Americans with a criminal record get a callback for a job interview only around 15 percent of the time. Sean-michael Pigeon, National Review, 30 June 2021 The actress, director, and producer’s perceived worth to studios was assessed at every audition, callback, and rehearsal. Keyaira Boone, Essence, 26 Aug. 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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27 Nov 2021

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“Callback.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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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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