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

Weiwei Trying to recall his earliest thoughts about architecture, de Meuron claims not to have had any. Ian Volner, WSJ, "Swiss Architecture Firm Herzog & De Meuron Celebrates 40 Years," 4 Nov. 2018 In fact, one of Richmond’s client’s from fifteen years ago was able to recall additional details of her rape that took place nearly two decades ago. Maria Kari, Allure, "Christine Blasey Ford Confronted Her Traumatic Past, Now I’m Confronting Mine," 1 Oct. 2018 The other people alleged to be there, don’t recall any such thing. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Christine Blasey Ford's Testimony—Here's Everything You Should Know," 26 Sep. 2018 In the case of Town Square, the space is designed to recall the years 1953 to 1961 for boomers, who are now in their 80s. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Fake ’50s town offers real benefits for people with dementia," 20 Sep. 2018 In Europe, the company recently had to recall 700,000 Mercedes-Benz diesel cars over irregularities with their emissions control software. Wolfgang Kerler, The Verge, "You thought Dieselgate was over? It’s not.," 18 Sep. 2018 For those who don't recall, the sisters wore one-of-a-kind fascinators by royal-favorite hat designer Philip Treacy to Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding seven years ago at Westminster Abbey. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie Cried Over Backlash for Their Royal Wedding Hats," 3 Aug. 2018 Rott's sister, Rita Lisson, 95, recalls how Laura came up with the recipe for the cookies. Judy Buchenot, Naperville Sun, "Suburban Cooks: Mints go from trash to treasured cookies," 13 July 2018 The move allowed the Padres to recall catcher Raffy Lopez, a left-handed bat off the bench. Kevin Acee, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Padres option Joey Lucchesi, recall Raffy Lopez," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The recall comes weeks after the company recalled some of its Segway Ninebot scooters after concerns over battery fires. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Lime issues recall for a scooter model after reports that they can break apart," 10 Nov. 2018 Abrams’s team says with as-yet-uncounted votes, runoff or recall is still possible. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Stacey Abrams’s Campaign Says Recount or Runoff Is Possible—If All Georgia Votes Are Actually Counted—While Andrew Gillum’s Race Enters Recount Range in Florida," 8 Nov. 2018 Musk’s behavior this summer has compounded the deleterious effect of technical problems in late March and early April, including a deadly autopilot crash, a Model S recall and production target misses. Rani Molla, Recode, "Elon Musk’s summer of bad behavior hasn’t affected Tesla’s sales, but it has hurt its reputation," 10 Oct. 2018 On Thursday, nearly a month after the recall, the CDC said that 27 more people had gotten ill. Sarah Gray, Fortune, "Kellogg's Honey Smacks Cereal Linked to 100 Salmonella Infections, CDC Warns," 13 July 2018 The recall covers certain 2006 through 2013 IS350 cars, as well as the 2010 through 2014 IS350C, and the 2007 through 2011 GS350 and GS450h. BostonGlobe.com, "Boston Children’s named best pediatric hospital in the country for fifth year," 27 June 2018 The recall is being conducted voluntarily by the manufacturer, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Sarah Gray, Fortune, "78,000 Werner Ladders Sold at Lowe's and Home Depot Are Recalled," 22 June 2018 The recall comes after warnings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that the product likely sickened 73 people in 31 states, including 24 hospitalizations. Peter Martinez, CBS News, "Kellogg's voluntarily recalls Honey Smacks cereal over possible salmonella contamination," 15 June 2018 Carl DeMaio, chairman of the initiative campaign, threatened Wednesday on Twitter to launch recall campaigns against two more Democratic senators and use the gas tax as a political bludgeon against half a dozen Assembly Democrats. Alexei Koseff, sacbee, "Rent control, data privacy and gas taxes for roads: Get ready for the next election," 7 June 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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