recall

verb
re·​call | \ ri-ˈkȯl \
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, ˈrē-ˌkȯl \

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 \ noun
recallable \ ri-​ˈkȯ-​lə-​bəl \ adjective
recaller noun

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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

Leon has a soft spot for noughties style, and has booked several modeling gigs that recall the era. Vogue, "Lourdes Leon Hits the Beach in Complete Noughties Fashion," 8 Jan. 2019 During warm days, recalls Niels Diffrient, the office suffered from a lack of air conditioning, The solution was filling a massive washtub with a chuck of ice and lemonade, and sometimes, a few bottles of gin. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Why Eero Saarinen’s ‘50s office was a breeding ground for modernist design," 8 Nov. 2018 With Slegers going on the disabled list, the Twins will recall right-hander Fernando Romero from Triple-A Rochester to start Sunday. Brian Hall, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Tampa Bay Rays turn three-inning outburst into 19-6 win over Minnesota Twins," 14 July 2018 The demonstration culminated with protesters toppling an effigy of Bush, recalling scenes of the fall of Saddam Hussein’s statue in Baghdad six months earlier. Ciara Nugent, Time, "Here's How Every Meeting Between the Queen and a U.S. President Went," 12 July 2018 Then the drone was immediately recalled (on election night, no less) because some were dropping out of the sky. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Talking Hero 7 Black, GoPro’s lack of competition, and the Karma drone on The Vergecast," 18 Dec. 2018 In addition to the Classic White mix, three other varieties made during the same period were recalled out of an abundance of caution, the company said. Josh Beckerman, WSJ, "Conagra Recalls Certain Duncan Hines Cake Mixes," 5 Nov. 2018 The carriers are being recalled because there's a risk of the buckles breaking, making it a possible fall hazard for children. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "What to Do if You Bought the Recalled Eddie Bauer Baby Carrier at Target," 18 Oct. 2018 But the central event can be recalled with accuracy. Brian Resnick, Vox, "Donald Trump’s attack on Christine Blasey Ford’s memory is cruel — and wrong," 3 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The death brought renewed scrutiny to the company’s effort to increase the autonomy of its cars, and was also immediately followed by the news of Tesla’s largest recall ever for an unrelated steering issue. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: Tesla," 29 Dec. 2018 The Kotex recall, announced this week, comes after reports that U by Kotex tampons (the regular absorbency variety) were unraveling or breaking apart when women tried to remove them. Macaela Mackenzie, Glamour, "U by Kotex Tampons Have Been Recalled—Here's What You Need to Know," 13 Dec. 2018 Texas does not have recall elections for judges, but Strother’s term expires in 2020. Nomaan Merchant, The Seattle Times, "Activists decry no-jail sentence for former frat president," 12 Dec. 2018 There aren't any recalls associated with the outbreak, and the CDC isn't warning consumers against buying any specific products. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "What You Need to Know About the Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Raw Turkey Products," 12 Nov. 2018 Wisconsin Democrats tried to oust him in a recall election in 2012, and failed — only to watch him get reelected once more in 2014. Tara Golshan, Vox, "Tony Evers elected governor of Wisconsin: Democrats finally unseat Scott Walker," 7 Nov. 2018 The recall election was viewed as one of the first electoral tests of the #MeToo movement's political strength. Fox News, "Stanford sex case judge ousted in recall," 2 Oct. 2018 Kaufman describes 2011 and 2012 as a pivotal moment in Wisconsin’s political transformation, when widespread protests culminated in a recall election against Walker — which the governor survived. Jennifer Szalai, New York Times, "How Conservatives Bet Big on Wisconsin and Won," 11 July 2018 Gay rights advocacy group Equality California, as well as an anti-Hickman group on Facebook with more than 1,500 followers, have mobilized quickly to call for Hickman's swift resignation or a recall election. Michael Mcgough, sacbee, "Thousands petition against Dixon vice mayor who wrote ‘hateful,’ homophobic column," 5 July 2018

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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)

: 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 \
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, 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, ˈrē-ˌ \

Medical Definition of recall 

: remembrance of what has been previously learned or experienced

Other Words from recall

recall \ ri-​ˈkȯl \ transitive verb

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recall

noun
re·​call | \ ri-ˈkȧl, ˈrē-ˌkȯl \

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 \ transitive verb

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