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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Actors must go through the full wringer of the casting process, competing against hundreds of other worthy actors and awaiting the prospect of a callback. Carlos De Loera,, "From Vaporú to coming out, NHMC amplifies an array of Latinx voices," 27 June 2019 Biden’s pitch to voters is moderation, electability and a callback to the halcyon days of the Obama Administration. Molly Ball, Time, "What Do the Democrats Stand For? Inside a Fight Over America's Future," 25 July 2019 Your friend’s method has a one-sided efficiency: requesting a callback without the bothersome task of stating why. Judith Martin, Washington Post, "Miss Manners: Lipstick-wearer leaves her mark," 19 July 2019 There are plenty of callbacks to the original film in the trailer as well — Cruise on a motorcycle, playing volleyball, and of course, flying fighter jets. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "The first trailer for Top Gun: Maverick is a flashback to 1986," 18 July 2019 Among the movie’s strengths are its glaring yet muted color palette, which thrums with pale shades of yellow and blue—a callback to the low-fi Technicolor of vintage horror flicks like Black Narcissus (1947). Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Midsommar Is a Nightmare in Broad Daylight," 5 July 2019 This line is a nearly word-for-word callback to what one of the German terrorists tells John McClane (Bruce Willis) in Die Hard. Time, "Breaking Down the Many Stranger Things Season 3 References You Might Have Missed," 4 July 2019 Consider this guest spot a callback to that movie, a nice nod for fans. Allegra Frank, Vox, "SpongeBob SquarePants becomes human in his big birthday special. Almost.," 2 July 2019 Oprah recites in the documentary, a callback to the gorgeously tender conclusion of Beloved. Syreeta Mcfadden, The Atlantic, "A Documentary That Shows Another Side of Toni Morrison," 25 June 2019

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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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