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

Other Words from recall

Verb

recallability \ ri-​ˌkȯ-​lə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce recall (audio) \ noun
recallable \ ri-​ˈkȯ-​lə-​bəl How to pronounce recall (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 As some may recall from this musical, which ran for 245 weeks and 1,976 performances at the Apollo Theater in the late 1980s, there’s not much of a plot beyond that. Jerald Pierce, chicagotribune.com, 7 Nov. 2021 Sox fans from that era also may recall the time Jurak used his first baseman’s mitt to scoop up a rat that ran on the field at Fenway Park and dropped it in a trash can. BostonGlobe.com, 23 Oct. 2021 Some may also recall his bizarre behavior in the weeks and months after Murphy’s death, as Monjack initially objected to an autopsy and often displayed a weirdly intimate rapport in interviews with Murphy’s mother, Sharon Murphy. Washington Post, 14 Oct. 2021 In California, a state judge granted a four-month extension for those seeking to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom. oregonlive, 5 Oct. 2021 Earlier this month, a mix of campaigns, super PACs and organizations from both parties worked for weeks to turnout Latino voters for the election to recall California Gov. Gavin Newsom. Nicole Chavez And Priya Krishnakumar, CNN, 3 Oct. 2021 Conservatives who participated in debates over welfare-state expansions from the 1970s till now may not recall so much fair and open deliberation. Barton Swaim, WSJ, 30 Sep. 2021 But more than 40 percent of all voters left that question blank, and voted only on the question of whether to recall Newsom. Michael Smolens Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Sep. 2021 That’s no way to elect a governor. Want to recall the governor? Los Angeles Times, 20 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun During the brief period when otherwise sensible people worried that Gavin Newsom could lose the California recall election, a major concern was that a GOP governor might get to appoint a successor to 87-year-old Dianne Feinstein. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, 27 Oct. 2021 Johnson is one of four candidates — along with Kris Kittell, Charles Lorenz and Cheryle Rebholz — running against four incumbent school board members in the Nov. 2 recall election. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 19 Oct. 2021 That popularity combined with political considerations (after all, California Gov. Gavin Newsom did issue this second round amid his recall election campaign) are why state-level checks could stick around long after this pandemic ends. Fortune, 18 Oct. 2021 Main Street: Instead of debating ideas in the California recall election, progressives call Larry Elder a white supremacist. Phillip W. Magness, WSJ, 18 Oct. 2021 It’s the largest single donation to either side of the recall election. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Oct. 2021 Election experts have already begun parsing how Latinos voted on the recall. Los Angeles Times, 18 Sep. 2021 Yes on the recall was winning in a number of swing congressional districts in Orange County, according to the Cook Political Report's Dave Wasserman. Harry Enten, CNN, 18 Sep. 2021 Newsom would be removed from office if more than 50 percent vote yes on the recall. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Sep. 2021

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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 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

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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