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 Rae’s enthusiasm about the pursuit of local hero Aubrey Graham was outlandish in its intensity, a callback to the earlier part of the 2010s, when Drake could seemingly do no wrong. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "SNL Is Best When It Doesn’t Take Itself So Seriously," 18 Oct. 2020 The Gentlemen was a callback to Ritchie's earlier crime films like Snatch and Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels in the wake of his work on Disney's live-action Aladdin (a tonal shift for the filmmaker, but a huge success at the box office). Christian Holub,, "Guy Ritchie's The Gentlemen is becoming a TV show," 1 Oct. 2020 Those sentences are a callback to a 2016 statement from McConnell following the death of U.S. Justice Antonin Scalia. Bailey Loosemore, The Courier-Journal, "LIVE UPDATES: Protesters rally outside Mitch McConnell's Louisville home in wake of RBG death," 19 Sep. 2020 Officers responded to a life alert panic alarm at a residence Sept. 6 after not receiving an answer upon callback. cleveland, "Officers support neighboring police twice in one day: Gates Mills Police Blotter," 18 Sep. 2020 The district’s website prompted parents to submit emails with their technical difficulties for a later callback. Corbett Smith, Dallas News, "Glitches, busy signals punctuated the first day of virtual school for Dallas ISD," 8 Sep. 2020 This gives you an opportunity to cross-reference the callback number or contact your IT department through other means (text or email) to verify the request. Ken Colburn, The Arizona Republic, "Are you a target for 'vishing' scams? Find out and protect yourself," 1 Sep. 2020 Last August, Kulzer got his callback to work with Christensen in the cooler. Rachel Hutton, Star Tribune, "Minnesota State Fair's longtime butter sculptor gets ready to pass the knife," 21 Aug. 2020 In fact, those applying for a job can expect that their record will reduce their callback rate by half and decrease their annual wages by 40%, according to a 2010 Pew Charitable Trusts study. Nila Bala, Star Tribune, "Protesters shouldn't be saddled with criminal records," 27 Aug. 2020

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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 Oct 2020

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“Callback.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 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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