recall

verb
re·call | \ri-ˈkȯl \
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, ˈrē-ˌkȯl \

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 \ noun
recallable \ri-ˈkȯ-lə-bəl \ 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

His sister-in-law recalled a red sports car and a SoHo loft where the television was always on. Heather Gillers, WSJ, "Jeremy Gold Shook Up Pension World With Warnings About Risks," 13 July 2018 Wasilewski recalled being on a plane at Fort Lauderdale airport. Linda Robertson, miamiherald, "South Florida is suffering from an iguana infestation. A solution? Think barbecue.," 11 July 2018 The third official recalled speaking with Gutierrez on the phone but not issuing an endorsement. Jasper Scherer, San Antonio Express-News, "Three officials say candidate for Uresti seat cited endorsements they never gave," 10 July 2018 The employee recalled Spooner and his friend looked at the firearms and then left. Will Campbell, idahostatesman, "Path of a gun: Weapon used in Chicago shooting traced back to Idaho pawn shop," 4 July 2018 Progressive Era reforms had provided for referendums, initiatives, and recalls in many states; their primary motive was to counter the power of wealthy corporations, especially railroads, that controlled many western states in the 1890s. Longreads, "Oregon’s Racist Past," 12 July 2018 His family recalls an event from their childhood that defined their father. Anne M. Hamilton, courant.com, "He Brought His Skill For Teaching, Knack For Colonial Buildings To Coventry," 15 July 2018 McHugh, the school social worker, recalls asking administrators to acknowledge the arrests and provide employees with guidance. Nomaan Merchant, Cincinnati.com, "Hunger, fear, desperation: What came of an ordinary ICE raid in Covington," 9 July 2018 David Barron recalls Anthony staying just two weeks. NBC News, "Death of Anthony Avalos has parallels to another child abuse case in L.A.," 8 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Judge Persky and his supporters said the recall threatened judicial independence and could pressure judges to follow public opinion over the law. Sara Randazzo, WSJ, "Voters Recall Judge in Brock Turner Campus Assault Case," 6 June 2018 The Santa Clara County Superior Court judge will reportedly be replaced by Cindy Hendrickson, an assistant district attorney who had supported the recall effort. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "Another #MeToo Win: Californians Recall Judge in Brock Turner Rape Case," 6 June 2018 The embattled justice, in a rare interview with CNN last week, argued a successful recall effort wouldn't simply remove him from the bench, but would likely to set a dangerous precedent in the future. Augie Martin, CNN, "Early returns show voters backing recall of judge who gave Stanford swimmer 6 months for sex assault," 6 June 2018 Both Persky and Hendrickson received threats, the Times reported, and vandals attacked signs on both sides of the recall effort. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "Voters just kicked Brock Turner judge out of office. Meet the woman replacing him.," 6 June 2018 In the wake of Turner's conviction, the state of California amended the loophole that allowed Persky to sentence him to only six months and the recall efforts began. refinery29.com, "California Voters Recall Judge Who Handed 6-Month Sentence To Brock Turner," 6 June 2018 Stanford University Law professor Michele Dauber launched the recall effort in June 2016, reports CBS San Francisco. CBS News, "Stanford sex assault case judge recalled by Northern Calif. voters," 6 June 2018 The broader message of this victory is that violence against women is now a voting issue,’’ said Michele Dauber, an outspoken women’s rights campus activist who launched the recall effort. Paul Elias, BostonGlobe.com, "Judge who sentenced Brock Turner recalled amid #MeToo movement," 6 June 2018 Rosen agreed with Perksy that the recall threatens judges' willingness to make correct but unpopular rulings. Paul Elias, chicagotribune.com, "Judge who sentenced Brock Turner to 6 months in Stanford rape case is fighting a recall," 18 May 2018

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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 \
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, 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, ˈrē-ˌ \

Medical Definition of recall 

: remembrance of what has been previously learned or experienced

Other Words from recall

recall \ri-ˈkȯl \ transitive verb

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recall

noun
re·call | \ri-ˈkȧl, ˈrē-ˌkȯl \

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 \ transitive verb

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