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 Volker recalled a meeting with Trump in the Oval Office in mid-May, after Zelensky’s inauguration. Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, azcentral, "Ex-McCain Institute chief testified he was 'surprised' by Trump's Ukraine call," 5 Nov. 2019 Horton recalled her supervisor instructing her, in testimony that was unrelated to her central complaint. USA Today, "A security empire deployed guards with violent pasts across the U.S. Some went on to rape, assault or kill," 31 Oct. 2019 The poster in her hand recalled an election victory of 73 years ago. The Economist, "Argentina gives the Peronists another chance," 31 Oct. 2019 For those who don't recall the legendary scene, please enjoy the GIF below. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Lush's New Bath Bomb Conveyer Belt Is Here for the Holidays," 31 Oct. 2019 Several blood pressure medications, including the angiotensin receptor II blockers valsartan, losartan and irbesartan, were recalled last year over NDMA contamination. Tanya Lewis, Scientific American, "What We Know About the Possible Carcinogen Found in Zantac," 28 Oct. 2019 Anastasio recalled the room as the site of Phish's first Indianapolis performance. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Trey Anastasio brings sentimental journey to Indianapolis," 27 Oct. 2019 Their contrasting monochromatic style recalled that of another high-profile duo: Kanye and Kim Kardashian West, the king and queen of this trend. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Upgrade Their Couple’s Style," 22 Oct. 2019 Voiovich recalled his own departure from the 40-hour-plus corporate workplace. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "At St. Paul’s University Club, E is for entrepreneur, every month," 10 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Eleven days after announcing the recall, J&J released a statement standing by their claim that their baby powder is actually asbestos-free. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "What to Know About the Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder Recall," 6 Nov. 2019 After Fitbit wristbands began causing people to develop skin rashes and blisters a few years ago, the consumer safety agency announced a recall of about one million of the fitness-tracking devices. New York Times, "The Government Protects Our Food and Cars. Why Not Our Data?," 2 Nov. 2019 Ready-to-bake cookie dough made by global food giant Nestlé could contain bits of rubber, the company said Thursday in announcing a voluntary recall. NBC News, "Nestlé recalls ready-to-bake cookie dough tainted with pieces of rubber," 1 Nov. 2019 Mylan Pharmaceuticals has announced a voluntary nationwide recall for one batch of the popular prescription anti-anxiety drug, Xanax. Claudia Harmata, PEOPLE.com, "Xanax Batch Recalled for Potential Contamination with 'Foreign Substance'," 29 Oct. 2019 The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced a recall for more than 50,000 school buses. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, "50,000 school buses recalled nationwide," 22 Oct. 2019 The company and the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a recall of around 4.7 million sleepers in April, after reports of more than 30 infant deaths since the product's 2009 introduction. CBS News, "Despite recall, some day care centers still using inclined sleepers blamed in infant deaths," 9 Aug. 2019 In another issue that will weigh on the company’s earnings this quarter, Harley on Tuesday announced a recall of 238,300 recent-model motorcycles world-wide due to a clutch issue. Micah Maidenberg, WSJ, "Harley-Davidson Asks for Patience, Expects Tough Market in 2019," 24 Oct. 2018 And on March 29th the firm announced a recall of around 123,000 older vehicles that may be susceptible to corrosion of a bolt that affects steering and parking. The Economist, "Tesla is heading for a cash crunch," 5 Apr. 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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14 Nov 2019

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The first known use of recall was in 1565

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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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