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 The criminal inquiry came after congressional Democrats released text messages exchanged by Lev Parnas, an associate of Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, suggesting Yovanovitch was being watched before she was recalled by the Trump administration. Harold Maass, TheWeek, "January 17, 2020," 17 Jan. 2020 This new documentary special recalls the trailblazing comic’s childhood, career and groundbreaking work that showcased the world of black America through the lens of comedy. Los Angeles Times, "What’s on TV Thursday, Jan. 16: ‘The Good Place’," 15 Jan. 2020 Beck said, recalling a rehearsal for this year’s New Year’s Eve show. Chuck Yarborough, cleveland, "Greensky Bluegrass getting a chance to enjoy growing success after 2 decades on the road," 13 Jan. 2020 Kahane recalls his own grandmother’s flight from Nazi Germany and her experience of arriving in the U.S. as a refugee. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Listen to this 'Gonzo Composer' while ice skating during an exclusive Louisville show," 6 Jan. 2020 People who love Wolf Creek brag that the ski area recalls the golden days of skiing when lift tickets were cheap, lines were nonexistent, and base villages were sparse but inviting. Stephanie Granada, Sunset Magazine, "Top Colorado Ski Resorts," 3 Jan. 2020 There was a woman named Debbie Ramirez who recalled Kavanaugh exposing himself to her at a college party. Hope Reese, Longreads, "‘They Were Growing Seedlings…Which Would Sprout To Become Supreme Court Justices’," 18 Dec. 2019 The most recent was third-year Illinois coach Brad Underwood, who recalled how, as a sophomore two years ago, Cowan lit up the Illini for a then-career high 28 points to help the Terps win in overtime. Don Markus, baltimoresun.com, "Playing more efficiently than ever, Anthony Cowan Jr. is the maestro of No. 4 Maryland’s fast start," 10 Dec. 2019 Harris recalled that moment when asked his most memorable game at the Coliseum, where the Raiders will play for likely the last time Sunday against the Jaguars. Matt Kawahara, SFChronicle.com, "Raiders reflect on Coliseum, Oakland before likely final game," 11 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Recent recalls of popular antacids — including Zantac and its generic version, ranitidine, as well as another drug, nizatidine — have left empty spots on pharmacy shelves. NBC News, "Your heartburn drug has been recalled. Now what?," 20 Jan. 2020 To date, no illnesses have been linked with the recall, the department said. USA TODAY, "Puppy wins lotto, alligators, mountain lions, Dunkin Donuts wedding: News from around our 50 states," 30 Dec. 2019 For more information on the recall, click or tap here. Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, "Eggs, egg products from Trader Joe's, Kroger, Walmart recalled due to listeria concerns," 26 Dec. 2019 As with the wider ongoing recall, the new fault can cause airbag inflators to explode, under-inflate or spew out shrapnel at passengers, raising the risk of serious injury or death, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Michelle Toh, CNN, "Takata airbag fault forces recall of another 1.4 million vehicles," 5 Dec. 2019 The discovery prompted a steady stream of product recalls, which alarmed patients and eventually led to shortages. Ed Silverman, STAT, "FDA slams Dollar Tree for purchasing drugs from suppliers with checkered safety records," 14 Nov. 2019 Lorenzo Insigne, who didn't feature against Brescia, is in contention for a recall, potentially replacing Fernando Llorente. SI.com, "Genk vs Napoli Preview: Where to Watch, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News," 1 Oct. 2019 Detaching’ The recall came after six children were killed and 36 others were injured, PEOPLE previously reported. Ashley Boucher, PEOPLE.com, "Ikea to Pay $46 Million Settlement to Parents of Calif. Toddler Killed by a Falling Dresser," 7 Jan. 2020 The large recall covers more two dozen vehicles from C-Class, CLK-Class, CLS-Class and E-Class model lines. NBC News, "Daimler recalls 744,000 Mercedes-Benz vehicles on fears the sunroof could fly off," 6 Jan. 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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Last Updated

24 Jan 2020

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“Recall.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/recalled. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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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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