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 Last week, the Leon Valley City Council voted 4-1 to delay its election until November, including two contested council races, charter revisions and an initiative to recall two council members. Scott Huddleston, ExpressNews.com, "Many San Antonio suburbs opting to delay elections," 31 Mar. 2020 The first round of tests rolled out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were shown to be inaccurate and had to be recalled. Cassidy Morrison, Washington Examiner, "Coronavirus testing ramps up, with 50,000 completed Friday," 21 Mar. 2020 House lawmakers passed their bipartisan legislation and won't be recalled until a new bill is ready. Lisa Mascaro, Fortune, "Trump pushes for massive aid from Congress, checks to public," 17 Mar. 2020 Four people have died and 32 people have been sickened in a listeria outbreak across 17 states that has been tied to enoki mushrooms, which were recalled Monday, according to health officials. NBC News, "Four dead, 32 sickened in listeria outbreak tied to mushrooms from Korea," 11 Mar. 2020 Loftus, 20, is one of hundreds of U.S. college students who have been recalled from study-abroad programs as the coronavirus continues to spread worldwide, including in North Texas after a Frisco man had a presumptive positive test. Dallas News, "What does ‘self-isolation’ mean for Texas college students returning from study-abroad programs?," 9 Mar. 2020 To prove the organoids could potentially replace animal tests, the researchers used their system on seven drugs that caused either liver or heart failure and were subsequently recalled by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "These Impossibly Tiny Organs Could Finally End Animal Testing," 9 Mar. 2020 Owners can call Toyota at 1-800-331-4331, Lexus at 1-800-255-3987 or go online at nhtsa.gov/recalls to enter your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) or license plate information and find out if your vehicle was recalled. Francisco Guzman And Saeed Ahmed, CNN, "Toyota has now expanded its recall of vehicles that may have faulty fuel pumps. Now, it's 1.8 million," 5 Mar. 2020 When the weapons were used in 1945 and the war was won, names like Fermi and Oppenheimer would be recalled best. Time, "1945: Chien-Shiung Wu," 5 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Jahna Lindemuth, representing Recall Dunleavy, also faced tough questions from the justices but said voters should be the ultimate arbiters of whether or not a claim is worthy of recall. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska Supreme Court hears arguments in recall of Gov. Dunleavy, will issue written order," 26 Mar. 2020 The recall stated the product had been contaminated with the coronavirus. Adrienne Dunn, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Costco did not recall Kirkland Signature toilet paper," 26 Mar. 2020 While in the care of our local dealer, two recalls were also performed. David Beard, Car and Driver, "Our 2020 BMW M340i Is a Return to Form," 24 Mar. 2020 Buy it on Amazon ($27.84) | Buy it at Target ($27.86) | Buy it at Walmart ($36.09) Give their brains a workout with games that will sharpen their minds and strengthen recall. cleveland, "Fun and educational games, activities to save your sanity during coronavirus school break," 16 Mar. 2020 Those recalls prompted the F.D.A. to revamp some of its procedures. Katie Thomas, New York Times, "F.D.A. Halts Overseas Inspections of Drugs and Devices, Citing Coronavirus," 10 Mar. 2020 Most recalls are made voluntarily by a company after negotiating with regulators. BostonGlobe.com, "Money managers to meet in Boston next week," 4 Mar. 2020 Most recalls are made voluntarily by a company after negotiating with regulators. Todd C. Frankel, Washington Post, "Ikea recalls more furniture due to tip-over risks to children," 4 Mar. 2020 Democrats also have gone after Olsen, who survived a recall attempt in 2011 brought over his vote to approve legislation known as Act 10, which effectively eliminated collective bargaining for most public workers — including public school teachers. Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Luther Olsen, a moderate GOP senator who sometimes clashes with his party, announces retirement," 24 Feb. 2020

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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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3 Apr 2020

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“Recall.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/recall. Accessed 7 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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