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 recallability (audio) \ noun
recallable \ ri-​ˈkȯ-​lə-​bəl How to pronounce recallable (audio) \ adjective
recaller noun

Choose the Right Synonym for recall

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 Korean automaker, under pressure from safety regulators, is recalling about 20,000 Veloster cars in the U.S. and Canada because fuel can prematurely ignite in the cylinders around the pistons. Tom Krisher, The Seattle Times, "Hyundai finds new engine problem, prompting another recall," 30 Mar. 2019 Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV is recalling nearly 863,000 of its vehicles in the U.S. after some didn’t meet federal emissions standards, marking the latest disclosure by an auto maker of troubles complying with U.S. regulations. Adrienne Roberts, WSJ, "Fiat Chrysler to Recall Nearly 863,000 Vehicles After Emission Tests," 13 Mar. 2019 Honda is recalling about 232,000 2018 Accord vehicles and 2019 Insight hybrid cars in the U.S. for malfunctioning software for the rear camera display. Fox News, "Honda Accord, Insight recalled for software problem," 28 Sep. 2018 Ford is recalling trucks built between 2014 and 2018 at plants in Kansas City and Dearborn, Michigan. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Seat belt fires spark recall of two million Ford F-150 trucks," 6 Sep. 2018 What this means to you: Battery recalls do happen, because of errors in the manufacturing process or other defects. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "HP recalls 78,500 more laptop batteries because of fire concerns," 13 Mar. 2019 The practice recalls the adult conversions that occurred in the 4th century church as Christianity was beginning to spread, says Morrill. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, "What Is Holy Saturday, the Day Before Easter, and Why Do We Celebrate It?," 1 Mar. 2019 Toby, the corporate lawyer, recalls meeting a Leaver friend for a drink at the Garrick Club in Covent Garden, where any talk of work is expressly prohibited. Janine Di Giovanni, Town & Country, "Is Brexit Ruining London Dinner Parties?," 25 Feb. 2019 Photo: evork Djansezian/Getty Images As Jonna recalls, Tony once convinced a group of CIA technical staffers to spend many unpaid nights running around the streets of Washington. Sam Walker, WSJ, "The Offbeat Genius of a Great American Spy," 26 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Center for Auto Safety is renewing its call for an immediate recall of the Ford Explorer, demanding Ford and the government take action on complaints about leaking carbon monoxide. CBS News, "Ford Explorer complaints continue even after carbon monoxide leak repairs," 2 July 2018 But even if that limit is exceeded, food-safety lawyers and activists said, the USDA doesn't have the power to shut down a meat plant or even order a mandatory recall of a tainted product. Instead, much of the burden lies with the consumer. Kaila White, azcentral, "After salmonella nearly killed their toddler, Glendale parents sue Foster Farms – and win," 11 June 2018 But the recall of other safety critical employees was prompted partly by the expectation that normal funding probably won’t resume for some time. Andy Pasztor, WSJ, "FAA Orders Nearly 3,000 Safety Employees Back to Work," 15 Jan. 2019 On Thursday, Ford announced a recall affecting almost 1.3 million cars in the US. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Ford recalls 1.5 million Focuses for faulty fuel tank purge valves," 25 Oct. 2018 The death comes two months after an initial recall of 180-gram bags of Creative Gourmet frozen pomegranate seeds by health officials in Australia. Mark Lieber, CNN, "Australian woman's death linked to hepatitis from pomegranate seeds," 6 June 2018 In our administration that would have been enough to instigate and do an investigation for recall. Heidi Vogt, WSJ, "Infant-Sleep Deaths in Focus in Fight Over Role of Consumer-Safety Agency," 23 Nov. 2018 The line also includes beds, leashes, toys, and other pet products unaffected by the recall. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "IKEA Recalls 16,700 Pet Water Dispensers After 2 Dogs Die," 13 July 2018 Most interviewed by the AP recall watching others succumb to the difficult conditions. Olivier Laurent And Siobhán O'grady, Washington Post, "Thousands of migrants have been abandoned in the Sahara. This is what their journey looks like.," 28 June 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)

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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