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

In an editor's note, the Times said the female student declined to be interviewed and does not recall the incident. Alex Connor, USA TODAY, "War with Iran? Trump would ‘like to avoid it’," 16 Sep. 2019 Sutton may or may not have recalled the grand-slam King hit off him for Atlanta in a 4-3 Braves win in 1971. Mark Schmetzer, Cincinnati.com, "Top Cincinnati Reds games: No. 9 – July 1, 1973, Doubleheader sweep of Los Angeles Dodgers," 13 Sep. 2019 Everyone remembers the scene in Chinatown when Jack Nicholson almost gets his nose sliced off, but many do not recall what the dispute was about. Max Holleran, The New Republic, "The Water Wars Are Here," 13 Sep. 2019 As fans of the show can recall, Bobby faced an uproar for winning the 2018 ballroom-dancing competition after receiving consistently low scores but a high number of fan votes. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Dancing With the Stars' Alum Bobby Bones Has Feelings About Sharna Burgess's "Shocking" Departure," 13 Sep. 2019 More critical was the temporary closure of South African missions in Abuja and Lagos and Nigeria’s decision to recall its ambassador. Gilbert M Khadiagala, Quartz Africa, "Nigerians aren’t targeted more than other Africans in South Africa’s xenophobic attacks but the damage is done," 12 Sep. 2019 Back in the 1990s drivers had a pretty high status, Mr Liu recalled. The Economist, "China’s long-distance lorry drivers are unsung heroes of its economy," 12 Sep. 2019 Like many, the events on September 11, 2001, inspired Panik to serve, despite not having been old enough to recall it firsthand. Rebecca Angel Baer, Southern Living, "WATCH: Thousands of American Flags Honor the Fallen of 9/11 on the Grounds of the U.S. Naval Academy," 11 Sep. 2019 They were then asked to recall all the letters given to them. Lilly Nguyen, Daily Pilot, "Non-prescribed stimulants may improve short-term focus but fail users in the long run, UCI researchers say," 10 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Karti moves the Madras high court to seek a recall of the LOC. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "A timeline of key events that led to the arrest of India’s former finance minister," 22 Aug. 2019 But in April, Fisher-Price, the product’s largest manufacturer, issued a recall in conjunction with the CPSC for 4.7 million units of its Rock 'n Play inclined sleeper after it was associated with more than 30 infant deaths. Washington Post, "House committee launches investigation into inclined sleepers tied to infant deaths," 14 Aug. 2019 Dole Fresh Vegetables has issued a voluntary recall for baby spinach sold in 6-ounce bags and 10-ounce clamshell containers, with the use-by date of August 5, the company said in an alert from the US Food & Drug Administration. Hollie Silverman, CNN, "Dole recalls baby spinach over salmonella concerns," 13 Aug. 2019 Just six years ago, gun rights groups won a recall of John Morse, then-President of the Colorado Senate. CBS News, "Colorado lawmaker wins recall fight against gun rights groups after backing "red flag" laws," 10 Aug. 2019 Cannondale has issued a voluntary recall for its CAADX cyclocross bikes over an issue with fork fractures. Ariella Gintzler, Outside Online, "Cannondale Recalls More Than 11,000 CAADX Bikes," 29 July 2019 In response to the outbreak, Pet Supplies Plus issued a recall on bulk pig ear products supplied to all of their locations, including in Texas. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Pet owners be wary: Dog treats reportedly linked to salmonella infections in Texas," 26 July 2019 In response to the outbreak, Pet Supplies Plus issued a recall July 3 for pig ears stocked in open bins because they might be contaminated with salmonella, according to the CDC. Maria Elena Vizcaino, Dallas News, "Pet Supplies Plus recalls pig ear dog treats after possible link to salmonella outbreak," 18 July 2019 The apparel colossus had already sent the shoes to retail outlets and had to issue a quick recall. Gary Peterson, The Mercury News, "Colin Kaepernick convinces Nike to halt production of shoe with ‘offensive’ flag," 2 July 2019

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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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