recall

verb
re·​call | \ ri-ˈkȯl How to pronounce recall (audio) \
recalled; recalling; recalls

Definition of recall

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : cancel, revoke
2a : to call back was recalled to active duty a pitcher recalled from the minors
b : to bring back to mind recalled seeing her somewhere before
c : to remind one of : resemble a playwright who recalls the Elizabethan dramatists

recall

noun
re·​call | \ ri-ˈkȯl How to pronounce recall (audio) , ˈrē-ˌkȯl How to pronounce recall (audio) \

Definition of recall (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a call to return a recall of workers after a layoff
2 : the right or procedure by which an official may be removed by vote of the people
3 : remembrance of what has been learned or experienced
4 : the act of revoking
5 : a public call by a manufacturer for the return of a product that may be defective or contaminated

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Other Words from recall

Verb

recallability \ ri-​ˌkȯ-​lə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce recallability (audio) \ noun
recallable \ ri-​ˈkȯ-​lə-​bəl How to pronounce recallable (audio) \ adjective
recaller noun

Choose the Right Synonym for recall

Verb

remember, recollect, recall, remind, reminisce mean to bring an image or idea from the past into the mind. remember implies a keeping in memory that may be effortless or unwilled. remembers that day as though it were yesterday recollect implies a bringing back to mind what is lost or scattered. as near as I can recollect recall suggests an effort to bring back to mind and often to re-create in speech. can't recall the words of the song remind suggests a jogging of one's memory by an association or similarity. that reminds me of a story reminisce implies a casual often nostalgic recalling of experiences long past and gone. old college friends like to reminisce

Examples of recall in a Sentence

Verb

She wanted to send him a letter but couldn't recall his address. I don't recall what time they said they would be here. It is important to recall that not very long ago cell phones did not exist. From what I recall, I think the library is two blocks down on the left. “The first time we met,” he recalled, “we got into a big argument.” As you may recall, we had agreed that decisions would require prior approval. “What's his address?” “I don't recall.” The ambassador was recalled from abroad. The factory is recalling all the cars because of a problem with the brakes. Officials recalled two tons of contaminated meat today.

Noun

They issued a recall of workers after the layoff. The factory has issued a recall of all cars with the defective brakes. She did mental exercises meant to improve her recall.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Kirwan recalls how Ocasek could listen quietly as the musicians worked themselves into a knot, and then offer a simple suggestion that instantly untangled them. Eric R. Danton, Fortune, "Just What I Needed: Beyond The Cars, Ric Ocasek Also Left a Producing Legacy," 17 Sep. 2019 The production recalls not only the great players and games, but the various elements that have made the sport an integral component of the national landscape. Chuck Barney, The Mercury News, "TV this week: Ken Burns takes a deep dive into ‘Country Music’," 15 Sep. 2019 Saban, the former Browns defensive coordinator who was in the first of his five seasons at LSU in 2000, recalls the two young assistants on that staff, which also included future Browns defensive coordinator Mel Tucker as defense backs coach. Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland.com, "Adam Gase slept on Freddie Kitchens’ couch as GAs under Nick Saban, who says ‘I knew they’d go far’," 12 Sep. 2019 Clarke recalls hearing Mitchel’s breathing growing raspy. Ezra Marcus, Town & Country, "In Anguilla, Scott Hapgood Awaits His Fate," 10 Sep. 2019 In an editor's note, the Times said the female student declined to be interviewed and does not recall the incident. Alex Connor, USA TODAY, "War with Iran? Trump would ‘like to avoid it’," 16 Sep. 2019 Sutton may or may not have recalled the grand-slam King hit off him for Atlanta in a 4-3 Braves win in 1971. Mark Schmetzer, Cincinnati.com, "Top Cincinnati Reds games: No. 9 – July 1, 1973, Doubleheader sweep of Los Angeles Dodgers," 13 Sep. 2019 Everyone remembers the scene in Chinatown when Jack Nicholson almost gets his nose sliced off, but many do not recall what the dispute was about. Max Holleran, The New Republic, "The Water Wars Are Here," 13 Sep. 2019 As fans of the show can recall, Bobby faced an uproar for winning the 2018 ballroom-dancing competition after receiving consistently low scores but a high number of fan votes. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Dancing With the Stars' Alum Bobby Bones Has Feelings About Sharna Burgess's "Shocking" Departure," 13 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In January, the food company announced a voluntary recall of the same bags over fears of salmonella contamination. Georgia Slater, PEOPLE.com, "Gold Medal Flour Is Being Recalled Over Possible E. Coli Contamination," 17 Sep. 2019 On Monday, General Mills announced a voluntary recall of its Gold Medal Unbleached All Purpose Flour for possible E. coli O26 contamination. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "General Mills recalls Gold Medal flour for possible E. coli contamination," 17 Sep. 2019 These are increasingly based in India or China, where recalls of poor-quality products are common. The Economist, "A dire scarcity of drugs is worsening, in part, because they are so cheap," 14 Sep. 2019 Castner is just 57 years old but has little recall of anything from April 21 until his return home. Scott Springer, Cincinnati.com, "After illness, Lakota East softball coach Steve Castner recuperating, hoping for return," 13 Sep. 2019 In the wake of recalls of blood-pressure drugs, the FDA set an NDMA limit of less than one microgram for the pills and required all companies that make the hypertension treatments to test for the contaminant. Bloomberg News, oregonlive, "Zantac, generics may be tainted with cancer-causing agent, regulators say," 13 Sep. 2019 In the wake of recalls of blood-pressure drugs, the FDA set an NDMA limit of less than one microgram for the pills and required all companies that make the hypertension treatments to test for the contaminant. Los Angeles Times, "Carcinogen in Zantac and generic heartburn drugs triggers investigations," 13 Sep. 2019 Skip to main content A probable carcinogen that prompted the recall of several versions of blood pressure-lowering pills has been detected in the heartburn drug Zantac and its generic versions, the Food and Drug Administration said Friday. Ken Alltucker, USA TODAY, "FDA finds small amounts of probable carcinogen in Zantac and other heartburn drugs," 13 Sep. 2019 But the same chemical has been linked to dozens of recalls of prescription blood pressure drugs in the past year. Matthew Perrone, chicagotribune.com, "Zantac contains cancer-causing chemical, FDA says," 13 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of recall

Verb

1565, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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recall

verb

English Language Learners Definition of recall

 (Entry 1 of 2)

somewhat formal : to remember (something) from the past
: to ask or order (someone) to return
: to ask people to return (a product with a defect or problem)

recall

noun

English Language Learners Definition of recall (Entry 2 of 2)

: an official order for someone or something to return
: a request by a company for people to return a product that has a defect or problem
: the ability to remember what has been learned or experienced in the past

recall

verb
re·​call | \ ri-ˈkȯl How to pronounce recall (audio) \
recalled; recalling

Kids Definition of recall

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to bring back to mind : remember I don't recall the address.
2 : to ask or order to come back Soldiers recently sent home were recalled.

recall

noun
re·​call | \ ri-ˈkȯl How to pronounce recall (audio) , ˈrē-ˌkȯl\

Kids Definition of recall (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the ability to remember or an instance of remembering
2 : a command to return

recall

noun
re·​call | \ ri-ˈkȯl How to pronounce recall (audio) , ˈrē-ˌ How to pronounce recall (audio) \

Medical Definition of recall

: remembrance of what has been previously learned or experienced

Other Words from recall

recall \ ri-​ˈkȯl How to pronounce recall (audio) \ transitive verb

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recall

noun
re·​call | \ ri-ˈkȧl, ˈrē-ˌkȯl How to pronounce recall (audio) \

Legal Definition of recall

1 : a call to return a recall of workers
2 : the right or procedure by which an official may be removed by vote of the people a recall petition
3 : the act of revoking
4 : a public call by a manufacturer for the return of a defective or especially unsafe product

Other Words from recall

recall \ ri-​ˈkȯl How to pronounce recall (audio) \ transitive verb

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