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

Photo: evork Djansezian/Getty Images As Jonna recalls, Tony once convinced a group of CIA technical staffers to spend many unpaid nights running around the streets of Washington. Sam Walker, WSJ, "The Offbeat Genius of a Great American Spy," 26 Jan. 2019 Next is Good Friday, when Christians recall the crucification of their savior. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "When is Lent? Here's Everything You Need to Know About the Christian Holiday," 13 Feb. 2019 Consider that this is the second Tuesday in as many months that Trump has given a live, primetime address to the nation—recall the recent Oval Office sales pitch for his controversial, increasingly unlikely border wall. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "America Doesn't Need the State of the Union Address Anymore—Especially Not From Trump," 5 Feb. 2019 The wealthiest shoppers still bought luxury goods during the Recession, but Frasch recalls pushback against items with noticeable logos, while more subtle designs gained respect. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "How the Great Recession influenced a decade of design," 27 Dec. 2018 Hygiene brand Kimberly-Clark is voluntarily recalling its U by Kotex Regular Absorbency tampons, which are sold across the country. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "These Tampons Were Recalled After Unraveling While Inside People’s Bodies," 13 Dec. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In our administration that would have been enough to instigate and do an investigation for recall. Heidi Vogt, WSJ, "Infant-Sleep Deaths in Focus in Fight Over Role of Consumer-Safety Agency," 23 Nov. 2018 The line also includes beds, leashes, toys, and other pet products unaffected by the recall. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "IKEA Recalls 16,700 Pet Water Dispensers After 2 Dogs Die," 13 July 2018 Most interviewed by the AP recall watching others succumb to the difficult conditions. Olivier Laurent And Siobhán O'grady, Washington Post, "Thousands of migrants have been abandoned in the Sahara. This is what their journey looks like.," 28 June 2018 States affected by the recall are Michigan, Georgia, Illinois, Indiaina, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "Tainted melons trigger 3 salmonella lawsuits in Midwest," 12 June 2018 More: Takata bankruptcy: Is your car affected by air bag recall? Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "South Florida vehicle owners urged to respond to recall of Takata exploding airbags," 8 June 2018 Vehicles covered by the Kia recall include 2010 through 2013 Forte compact cars and 2011 through 2013 Optima midsize cars. Tom Krisher, BostonGlobe.com, "Kia recalls over 500,000 vehicles; air bags may not inflate," 8 June 2018 Meat sold in stores in the Atlanta Division are not affected by the recall, according to company officials. Natalie Dreier, ajc, "Kroger beef recall, could be contaminated with plastic," 3 May 2018 Well, Andrew Toles looked prime for recall, hitting .462 at triple-A Oklahoma City. Houston Mitchell, latimes.com, "Dodgers Dugout: Slight improvement, but still a long way to go," 16 Apr. 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)

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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