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

His family recalls an event from their childhood that defined their father. Anne M. Hamilton, courant.com, "He Brought His Skill For Teaching, Knack For Colonial Buildings To Coventry," 15 July 2018 McHugh, the school social worker, recalls asking administrators to acknowledge the arrests and provide employees with guidance. Nomaan Merchant, Cincinnati.com, "Hunger, fear, desperation: What came of an ordinary ICE raid in Covington," 9 July 2018 David Barron recalls Anthony staying just two weeks. NBC News, "Death of Anthony Avalos has parallels to another child abuse case in L.A.," 8 July 2018 When Ross bemoans the mugging as the loss of his original artwork for Science Boy, Phoebe recalls keeping it and returns it to Ross. Vanessa Golembewski, Glamour, "Have You Noticed They're Always Reading on Friends? Yes, Even Joey," 2 July 2018 Tiffani McCoy, an advocacy organizer at Real Change, recalls an instance when two Seattle police officers came to her office after several Find It, Fix It users had reported homeless individuals sleeping outside. Dae Shik Kim Hawkins, The Atlantic, "An App for Ejecting the Homeless," 28 June 2018 The Rangers are planning to recall Calhoun at some point, though Sept. 1 (when MLB rosters expand) is looking more likely barring a significant injury to an outfielder or a trade. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Tocci to DL, Calhoun to Rangers? Don't hold your breath," 10 July 2018 Her striped shirt recalled the styles sold at Jermyn Street shirtmakers, while the fluid trousers were an elegant and girlish foil. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle Make Their First Solo Outing at the Wimbledon’s Women’s Final—In Two Very Different Looks," 14 July 2018 Hints of Primitive Cognition But Dussutour wanted to push further and see whether that habituating memory could be recalled in the long term. Katia Moskvitch, WIRED, "Slime Molds Remember—But Do They Learn?," 14 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The outbreak has so far infected 100 people, our colleague Eli Rosenberg reports, and the CDC is warning consumers to avoid the cereal that has been under a recall by the company since June. Colby Itkowitz, Washington Post, "The Health 202: ACLU asks court to force government to pay cost of reuniting migrant families," 13 July 2018 Even after achieving all of that, Sweden were still pondering a recall for Zlatan as recently as April. SI.com, "Warning Signs: How Sweden's Humble History Makers Survived and Thrived in the Post-Zlatan Era," 6 July 2018 Still, Talking Rain didn't elaborate on what the problem might be that caused a recall of 21 lots of a drink. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "Some consumers said the sparkling water tasted funny. The company took it to heart.," 26 June 2018 In many instances, the company issues a voluntary recall and comes forward itself. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "Are foodborne illness outbreaks increasing or does it just seem that way?," 14 June 2018 Hyundai in February issued a recall for 154,000 U.S. Sonatas after non-deployment reports were linked to electrical overstress in the air bag control unit. NBC News, "Kia recalls over 500,000 vehicles over airbags amid probe into four deaths," 8 June 2018 Newman faced a recall over his vote to increase gas taxes and vehicle registration fees last year. Melody Gutierrez, San Francisco Chronicle, "State Legislature: Democrat trails in bid to reclaim state Senate seat," 5 June 2018 Allergan, the drugmaker that makes and distributes Taytulla, issued a nationwide recall this week because of concerns that the packs may fail to work properly, and cause unintended pregnancies. Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "Taytulla Birth Control Recalled," 30 May 2018 Scientific studies confirm that out of all the senses, smell offers the best recall. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "David Gandy Loves the Smell of Petrol, Figs, and Dogs," 9 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

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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

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recall \ri-ˈkȯl \ transitive verb

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