recall

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

Definition of recall

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

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

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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 Older business readers will recall that this isn’t BP’s first reinvention rodeo. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Is BP really going “beyond petroleum” this time around?," 12 Oct. 2020 Architectural aficionados might recall Moshe Safdie’s Habitat, built for Expo 67 in Montreal, a mountain of prefabbed stacked units. Steven Litt, cleveland, "Church and State project sets higher standard for architecture of new apartment buildings in Cleveland," 4 Oct. 2020 Brewers fans will recall that the same thing happened in Milwaukee. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A historical look at teams with losing records in the postseason," 29 Sep. 2020 Longtime Ledisi fans will recall that the singer-songwriter made her first major splash in 2000 with indie album Soulsinger: The Revival. Gail Mitchell, Billboard, "Ledisi Talks Being Black in the Music Industry, Soul Music & Returning to Her Indie Roots," 25 Sep. 2020 Those locals with long memories might recall the rideable miniature train. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "Lions have lived in Anchorage as business attractions and pets over the years. Here’s how that worked out.," 14 Sep. 2020 Counter-Strike, originally a mod for another game, will recall basement money-matches at neighbor’s houses. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, "Esports Pros Have ‘Dream’ Jobs—but Game Publishers Have All the Power," 10 Sep. 2020 The flat black surfaces might recall speakers, a relevant visual given Rothko’s passion for music, particularly Mozart. Sallie Lewis, WSJ, "Inside The Holy Restoration of Houston’s Rothko Chapel," 8 Sep. 2020 Some, though, will recall that the public health department has, on occasion, released public notices of infectious disease exposures in specific locations at specific times. Paul Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune, "County releases redacted coronavirus outbreak list," 3 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The recall—which cites that the bike pedals can break unexpectedly during use—applies to PR70P pedals fitted on bikes sold between July 2013 and May 2016. Claire Gillespie, Health.com, "Peloton Recalls Clip-In Pedals on 27,000 Bikes Following Injuries—Here's What You Need to Know," 16 Oct. 2020 The recall only covers a limited amount of wipes that were manufactured between Feb. 7 and Sept. 14, manufacturer Kimberly-Clark said, adding that all other Cottonelle products were not affected and are safe to use. NBC News, "Cottonelle recalls some wipes over possible bacterial contamination," 15 Oct. 2020 Fruit recall: Several types of fresh cut fruit sold at Walmart in nine states are being recalled for possible listeria contamination. Ashley Shaffer, USA TODAY, "Pence | | Harris," 7 Oct. 2020 The wise and wary recall that when events trigger breaks in emerging markets, plunges have been rapid and sharp. Robert B. Zoellick, WSJ, "Leave No Country Behind in the Post-Covid Recovery," 30 Sep. 2020 The recall and stop-sale covers vehicles on dealer lots, in transit, and already in customers' driveways. Sebastian Blanco, Car and Driver, "2020 Chevy Corvette among GM Models Hit by Recall over Brake-by-Wire," 26 Sep. 2020 Cast members of the era recall Green casually playing the piano at locations such as Pleasure Island Jazz Company and other events. Dewayne Bevil, orlandosentinel.com, "Judson Green, former Disney leader and arts supporter, dies," 2 Sep. 2020 Both recall being shocked to see their elders kill a live chicken for dinner. Darcel Rockett, chicagotribune.com, "Despite the coronavirus, the Blackwell family reunion continues — 112 years and counting," 11 Aug. 2020 The door latch recall covers more than 2.1 million cars, SUVs and vans in the U.S. Tom Krisher, Detroit Free Press, "Ford recalls about 2.5M vehicles for latch, brake troubles," 10 June 2020

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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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The first known use of recall was in 1565

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22 Oct 2020

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“Recall.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/recall. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for recall

recall

verb
How to pronounce recall (audio)

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
How to pronounce recall (audio) How to pronounce recall (audio)

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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