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

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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

Others recall the Biblical prophets whose mission was to speak truth to power. The Economist, "When American evangelicals fall out," 5 July 2019 Jessica Salfia, a mother of three who has taught there for 16 years, recalled that last year, her copay for urgent care visits had grown from $15 to $100. Dylan Scott, Vox, "The strike that brought teachers unions back from the dead," 5 July 2019 Since news broke that Nike had recalled a Fourth of July sneaker featuring an early American flag, some voices on the political right have been calling for a boycott, Texas senator Ted Cruz among them. Marc Bain, Quartzy, "America’s love of Nike transcends all boycotts," 3 July 2019 The people of Pakistan still cherish and fondly recall the visits of Her Majesty The Queen to Pakistan during 1961 and 1997. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Duchess Kate and Prince William's Royal Visit to Pakistan Has Been Confirmed," 30 June 2019 Audi recently recalled a few hundred E-Tron SUVs, also the company’s first electric car, in the United States due to concerns about battery fires (though no incidents were reported at the time). Sean O'kane, The Verge, "NIO recalls nearly 5,000 electric SUVs after battery fires in China," 27 June 2019 Benny Klener, his then global head of manufacturing, who had joined Sun from Teva, recalled an instance where Shanghvi offered him a lift. Soma Das, Quartz India, "Once India’s richest man, this pharma tycoon valued his anonymity over wealth," 21 June 2019 Young-jun Park recalls life in North Korea as defined by deprivation. Martin Kuz, The Christian Science Monitor, "In N. Korea nuclear talks, what about human rights?," 20 June 2019 Starn is an anthropologist who began his research in the Andean highlands when the Shining Path was still active and recalls cowering under a table during a bomb scare. Rachel Nolan, Harper's magazine, "A Jagged Scrap of History," 24 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Since the start of the legislative session, discontented Republicans in Anchorage and the Kenai have begun recall campaigns against Rep. Gary Knopp, R-Soldotna, and Giessel. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "Red on Red: Republican split in Alaska Legislature contributes to impasse," 7 July 2019 The bid is being prepared, however - as reported by the Telegraph - because Chelsea are threatening to trigger a recall clause in the player's contract, which would mean another season in London for the former Juventus man. SI.com, "Atletico Madrid Preparing Permanent Alvaro Morata Bid After Chelsea Hint at Triggering Recall Clause," 5 July 2019 The largest recall covers over 1.2 million Explorer SUVs from 2011 through 2017. BostonGlobe.com, "Bain Capital raises $900 million for life sciences fund," 13 June 2019 The largest recall covers over 1.2 million Explorer SUVs from 2011 through 2017. CBS News, "Ford recalls 1.3 million Explorer SUVs and F-150 pickups," 13 June 2019 The recall covers certain 2015 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500 pickups as well as Chevy Tahoe and Suburban SUVs. Fox News, "General Motors recalling over 1 million pickups and SUVs for steering problem," 13 Sep. 2018 Recall petitions filed On June 6, Genevieve Tusa, a Grosse Pointe Farms lawyer, filed recall petitions with the Wayne County Election Commission targeting school board treasurer Judy Gafa, secretary Kathleen Abke and trustee Christopher Profeta. John Wisely, Detroit Free Press, "Grosse Pointe votes to close 2 elementary schools,," 24 June 2019 Research has shown that hearing your own voice while using relevant, appropriate gestures from a standing posture improves later recall. Matt Abrahams, Quartz at Work, "The trick to public speaking is to stop memorizing," 24 June 2019 Germany’s Bild am Sonntag first reported the recall on Saturday. William Boston, WSJ, "Daimler Cuts Outlook on Fresh Diesel Allegations," 24 June 2019

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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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