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 The agency would work with manufacturers to rectify any deficiencies and, if need be, recall the test. Ed Silverman, STAT, "FDA moves to boost coronavirus testing capacity by giving states more power," 16 Mar. 2020 Greg Kelly, a Charlottesville artist and mutual friend, recalled Curreri cornering him during a party at a country house, sharing a cigarette then asking to play Kelly a song. Brendan Fitzgerald, Longreads, "“I miss my body when it was ferocious” The Transfiguration of Paul Curreri," 14 Mar. 2020 Her candidacy has a spark of fresh possibility about it, in a way that recalls Ana Sandoval’s long-shot (but ultimately successful) 2017 bid to unseat Cris Medina from the City Council. Gilbert Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "Garcia: Clay-Flores offers the promise of new possibilities in Precinct 1," 13 Mar. 2020 New York hospitals may need to halt all elective surgeries and recall former doctors and nurses to handle a surge in novel coronavirus patients, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday. Melanie Grayce West, WSJ, "Cuomo Warns New York Hospitals of Coronavirus Surge," 12 Mar. 2020 Administrators did recall a student home from Italy and canceled a trip to South Korea, and two spring break trips sponsored by Reeve Memorial Union were canceled, according to the university. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Live coronavirus updates: Three more Wisconsin patients test positive, UW-Madison suspends all study abroad programs," 11 Mar. 2020 Blondie’s movingly intimate female revelations with Carolyn are audacious — recalling Altman’s artsy, quasi-feminist 3 Women (1977) — but Kansas City connects them to an even wider view of American intimacy. Armond White, National Review, "Kansas City: Belafonte’s Greatest Political Lecture on Film," 11 Mar. 2020 In prepared remarks that followed the award presentation, Yovanovitch recalled her first meeting with Lugar. Michael Reschke, Indianapolis Star, "Ex-Ukraine ambassador on coronavirus: 'Epidemics can’t be subdued by tweet'," 8 Mar. 2020 Reaching for a smartphone is easier than recalling a fact from memory. The Economist, "The price is wrong What one game show reveals about the American economy," 5 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The recall involves 2018 through 2020 Wrangler SUVs and 2020 Gladiators with manual transmissions built between August 23, 2017, and February 13, 2020. Laura Sky Brown, Car and Driver, "Jeep Gladiator and Wrangler Recalled for Clutch Problem," 11 Mar. 2020 The recall also comes amid a flurry of furniture products being pulled from the market because of the tip-over risk. Todd C. Frankel, Washington Post, "Ikea recalls more furniture due to tip-over risks to children," 4 Mar. 2020 The second recall covers about 51,000 2011 and 2012 Sedona minivans. BostonGlobe.com, "El Jefe’s loses bid to stay open past midnight," 27 Feb. 2020 The latest recall covers certain 2006 through 2011 Elantra and 2007 through 2011 Elantra Touring vehicles. Tom Krisher, Fortune, "Hyundai recalls over 400,000 cars for issue that could cause engine fires," 8 Feb. 2020 The recall comes after months of negative reviews on the brand's site and social media platforms. Thatiana Diaz, refinery29.com, "Yes To Is Recalling Its Popular Unicorn Sheet Mask," 9 Jan. 2020 The chicken products subject to recall can be identified by a number inside the USDA mark of inspection. Jordan Freiman, CBS News, "More than 2 million pounds of chicken recalled due to possible metal contamination," 7 Nov. 2019 All retail marijuana plant material or retail marijuana products bearing the OPC barcode 403R-00228 — sold widely throughout Colorado — are subject to recall, the release said. Kieran Nicholson, The Denver Post, "Denver marijuana cultivator issues statewide recall over high mold and yeast levels," 14 Oct. 2019 Here are the Private Selection items subject to recall: Frozen Triple Berry Medley, 48-ounce packages (UPC 0001111079120 ) and 07-07-20 best by date. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Kroger recalling this product because of hepatitis A contamination," 10 June 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'recall.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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

20 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Recall.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/recall. Accessed 3 Apr. 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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