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 The effort to recall Assembly Chair Felix Rivera is still failing by a significant margin. Anchorage Daily News, "Latest Anchorage election results remain unchanged, although 2 school board races are increasingly close," 13 Apr. 2021 Does anyone recall the Chevy Nova launch? - Karyn Scott, Kloudspot Inc. Expert Panel®, Forbes, "15 Expert Tips For Finding The Right Company Name Or Logo," 7 Apr. 2021 The San Francisco Department of Elections approved petition circulation to begin this week in the effort to recall part of the San Francisco Unified School District Board of Education. Abbey Smith, Washington Examiner, "Recall against San Francisco school board members approved to circulate petitions," 5 Apr. 2021 The effort to recall California Gov. Gavin Newsom is on the verge of a major victory. Meg Cunningham, ABC News, "Why are some Californians trying to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom and how does the process work?," 27 Mar. 2021 Leaders of an effort to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom have submitted nearly 2.1 million signatures, far beyond the 1.5 million necessary. Star Tribune, "Threatened with recall, California governor should be worried," 23 Mar. 2021 Parents opposed to changing Lowell’s admissions system, and other recent board decisions, have begun an effort to recall three board members, including Collins. Lauren Hernández, San Francisco Chronicle, "Lowell High supporters threaten to sue the SF school board over plans to end merit-based admissions," 20 Mar. 2021 Two months later, the effort to recall three of the board members failed. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Oconomowoc School Board candidates discuss the district's COVID-19 response and what to do with the Meadow View property," 18 Mar. 2021 Organizers of an effort to recall California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday must submit nearly 1.5 million signatures needed to place the proposal before voters. Editors, USA TODAY, "Georgia killings, stimulus checks could arrive, St. Patrick's Day: 5 things to know Wednesday," 17 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The hotspots included in this recall are the Ellipsis Jetpack model which is oval in shape and features the Verizon logo prominently on the front. Mike Wehner, BGR, "If you have one of these Verizon devices, stop using it now," 9 Apr. 2021 That year, more than 130 people challenged Davis in the recall, including businesswoman and author Arianna Huffington, the late actor Gary Coleman and the late pornographer Larry Flynt. al, "Caitlyn Jenner reportedly considering run for California governor," 9 Apr. 2021 The recall is expected to qualify for the ballot after county elections officials finish validating signatures this month. Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times, "GOP has unique edge in Newsom recall election — a lower bar to the governor’s post," 2 Apr. 2021 Newsom cited a recent example by California Republicans' efforts in the 2003 recall of Democratic Gov. Gray Davis. David Aaro, Fox News, "Newsom says RNC, white supremacist groups behind recall effort," 16 Mar. 2021 Vehicles with regular cruise control may be involved in the recall, Kia said. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, "Kia warns some owners to park their vehicles outside due to fire risk," 9 Mar. 2021 Kevin Faulconer, the former mayor of San Diego and leading contender to oppose Newsom in a potential recall, slammed the governor's address as a vain attempt to salvage a floundering political career. Carly Roman, Washington Examiner, "Newsom defends pandemic policy record from 'naysayers and doomsdayers' amid recall push," 9 Mar. 2021 This recall is expected to cost about $900 million. James Morris, Forbes, "Tesla’s Next Major Competitor Could Be… Hyundai," 27 Feb. 2021 Serial numbers included in the recall are listed on Toro's website at www.toro.com. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Winter storm recall: Snowthrower sold at Home Depot, Ace Hardware recalled for amputation hazard," 19 Feb. 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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14 Apr 2021

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“Recall.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/recall. Accessed 17 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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