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 Harris recalled that moment when asked his most memorable game at the Coliseum, where the Raiders will play for likely the last time Sunday against the Jaguars. Matt Kawahara, SFChronicle.com, "Raiders reflect on Coliseum, Oakland before likely final game," 11 Dec. 2019 Lou Desiderio, a communications executive from Long Island, New York, recalls the time his octogenarian father became ill during a European cruise, and doctors recommended that his parents return home immediately. Suzanne Rowan Kelleher, Condé Nast Traveler, "12 Best Travel Insurance Policies and Why You Need Them," 10 Dec. 2019 Some radio listeners recall the thrill of secret listening. Marissa J. Moorman, Quartz Africa, "How radio played a pivotal role in the anti-colonial struggle in Angola during the Cold War," 7 Dec. 2019 His taut and polished features, like those of an ageing game-show host, recall a time when Americans were happier to take their leaders at glossy face value. The Economist, "The stickiness of Joe Biden," 5 Dec. 2019 Zoë stans will recall that she's worn pixie cuts multiple times in the past. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Zoë Kravitz Chopped Off All of Her Hair Into a Pixie Cut," 27 Nov. 2019 Lisa Dawn recalled the night she and Roger Dale got arrested. courier-journal.com, "How this couple ran a ‘redneck’ meth empire in an Appalachian county ravaged by addiction," 25 Nov. 2019 Last month, the beleaguered co-working company reportedly recalled 2,300 units due to elevated levels of formaldehyde, a substance linked to respiratory issues and, at high levels of exposure, to cancers. Anne Quito, Quartz at Work, "Must every office phone booth feel like an upright coffin?," 22 Nov. 2019 While Frozen 2, like its predecessor, ostensibly takes place in Europe, in a location meant to recall countries like Norway or Finland, its sense of place is almost intentionally vague and nondescript. Josh Spiegel, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Frozen 2' and Its Unanswered Elsa Questions," 23 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Detaching’ The recall came after six children were killed and 36 others were injured, PEOPLE previously reported. Ashley Boucher, PEOPLE.com, "Ikea to Pay $46 Million Settlement to Parents of Calif. Toddler Killed by a Falling Dresser," 7 Jan. 2020 The large recall covers more two dozen vehicles from C-Class, CLK-Class, CLS-Class and E-Class model lines. NBC News, "Daimler recalls 744,000 Mercedes-Benz vehicles on fears the sunroof could fly off," 6 Jan. 2020 The recall affects older Mercedes-Benz sedans up to the 2011 model year, and no injuries or accidents have been reported. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, "Mercedes-Benz Recalls 744,000 Cars for Panoramic Sunroofs That Could Come Off," 5 Jan. 2020 The second recall covers over 350,000 2019 and 2020 Silverado and Sierra 1500 pickups. USA TODAY, "GM recalls 814,000 pickup trucks and cars to repair brake problems," 20 Dec. 2019 The second recall covers over 350,000 2019 and 2020 Silverado and Sierra 1500 pickups. BostonGlobe.com, "Legislator to head the Alliance for Business Leadership," 20 Dec. 2019 The mandatory recall is the first issued by state regulators. Jackie Borchardt, Cincinnati.com, "Ohio medical marijuana: Officials issue first mandatory recall," 15 Nov. 2019 The recall covers all purchases of the flower regardless of the time. Laura Hancock, cleveland, "State regulators issue second mandatory recall of Ohio medical marijuana product," 22 Dec. 2019 The recall covers certain 2006 through 2010 Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan and Lincoln MKZ cars. Washington Post, "Federal jury orders Cox Communications to pay $1 billion in music piracy case," 21 Dec. 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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The first known use of recall was in 1565

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Last Updated

26 Dec 2019

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“Recall.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/recall. Accessed 23 January 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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