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 audit found that between 2015 and 2017, nearly half of all first-time hotline callers had to leave messages and waited several days for a callback. Elyssa Cherney,, "Fixing Illinois’ troubled child abuse hotline must be a top priority at DCFS, new report says," 21 Nov. 2019 An energetic pop band and singer/dancer crew kept a large audience, from toddlers to adults, dancing and playing along to song callbacks throughout the night. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Disney’s Halloween attraction grows up with new Oogie Boogie Bash," 26 Sep. 2019 On Wednesday, even Tarantino’s conversation was peppered with such callbacks. Los Angeles Times, "How Quentin Tarantino got the ‘60s sound for ‘Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood’," 3 Oct. 2019 Often the process can extend to several callbacks and a final audition in front of network heads. Nina Metz,, "On Netflix’s ‘The Politician,’ teenage election drama kicks into high gear with Chicago actor Theo Germaine," 26 Sep. 2019 But in the past year, McIntosh has received only one callback on an apartment application., "How should California address the needs of its aging population?," 26 Sep. 2019 Of those 21,000 applicants, about 4,000 will eventually get a callback — but that’s only the first step. Andrew Kenney, The Denver Post, "For 1 in 21 applicants, Section 8 can change lives," 20 Sep. 2019 Her comment was a callback to the premise of Parent Trap: the story about twin girls separated at birth by their divorcing parents only to meet each other and plan for a way to get their parents back together. Alexia Fernandez,, "Parent Trap Star Hilariously Jokes About Dennis Quaid's Engagement: 'Watch Out for Those Twins'," 21 Oct. 2019 All three were pro-style quarterbacks during their time with the Tigers, whereas Bryant is a callback to Smith, able to push the pocket, scramble and make plays with his legs. Joan Niesen,, "Bryant-Okwuegbunam Connection at the Center of Missouri's Work-in-Progress Offense," 12 Sep. 2019

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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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21 Jan 2020

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“Callback.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 29 January 2020.

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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 assert without proof or before proving

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