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 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 Then recall that two years after Obama’s victory, Republicans won the House. Matthew Continetti, National Review, "Operation Overreach," 27 Mar. 2021 Marshall: Those with memories of 2014 might recall when an under-the-radar UConn swept through the tournament led by a mercurial guard, Shabazz Napier. Los Angeles Times, "NCAA tournament: Picks against the spread for first-round games," 18 Mar. 2021 Companies must voluntarily recall products, which often only comes after a bout of bad press. Sara Kiley Watson, Popular Science, "Are “clean” cosmetics better for us than other beauty products?," 16 Mar. 2021 Anyone around during World War II can recall a more unsettling existence in America. Star Tribune, "A year after shutdown, rays of light creeping in," 13 Mar. 2021 Fans of Tejano music will recall Gomez playing alongside other Tejano legends such as Jay Perez, A.B. Quintanilla III y Los Kumbia Kings All Starz and the late Jimmy González y El Grupo Mazz. Sonia Ramirez, Chron, "J.R. Gomez is taking the Tejano music scene by storm," 8 Mar. 2021 Readers of a certain age will recall how the Soviet Union’s propagandists used the social and antiwar turmoil of the 1960s to sow dislike of America around the world. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Woke Chinese Communist Party," 7 Mar. 2021 Neither Therien sister can recall the first sign of a sea change in the family’s home in Marlton, New Jersey. Edward Lee, baltimoresun.com, "‘Attached at the hip’: Loyola Maryland’s Therien sisters proud of basketball bond, famous father’s recovery," 5 Mar. 2021 Older residents on La Gomera recall how Silbo was used as a warning language, particularly when a police patrol was spotted searching for contraband. New York Times, "‘Special and Beautiful’ Whistled Language Echoes Around This Island," 18 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun When a company has a problem with one of its food products and the FDA gets involved, a health alert or recall is often the result. Mike Wehner, BGR, "If you have this bottled water, stop drinking it immediately," 1 Apr. 2021 The recall group’s first and latest financial records show just over $76,000 in its war chest, with nearly one-third of the funds donated by tech investor David Sacks. Megan Cassidy, San Francisco Chronicle, "New committee, fund created to combat SFDA Boudin recall effort," 31 Mar. 2021 Because this enhances recall, truth-tellers may report more detail. Jessica Seigel, Smithsonian Magazine, "Why You Can’t Spot a Liar Just By Looking," 30 Mar. 2021 No illnesses or consumer complaints have been reported in connection with this recall. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Check that tub of hummus in your fridge. Sabra is recalling containers sent to Utah and 15 other states.," 30 Mar. 2021 Baron says research has shown that with this type of learning, comprehension and recall are much higher for developing readers. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Amazon’s unionization vote comes at the worst time for company PR," 29 Mar. 2021 If history is any guide, most of these recall efforts will fail to get enough signatures. BostonGlobe.com, "4 extremely important political developments that have nothing to do with Washington," 29 Mar. 2021 The company initiated the voluntary pet food recall on March 26 after routine sample testing conducted at a Monmouth, Illinois, manufacturing plant indicated that the affected products could contain salmonella bacteria. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "There’s a Huge Dog-Food Recall Due to Salmonella Risk to Pets and People," 29 Mar. 2021 On March 18, a volunteer moderator of the recall group’s Facebook page, a Lowell graduate named Diane Yap, discovered Ms. Collins’s tweets. New York Times, "In San Francisco, Turmoil Over Reopening Schools Turns a City Against Itself," 29 Mar. 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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2 Apr 2021

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“Recall.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/recall. Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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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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