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 In a recent media session, York recalled those days. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "49ers’ Jed York: Has the longtime fan target finally gotten things right?," 2 Feb. 2020 Moorehead recalled recently in his Burlingame apartment. Gregory Thomas, San Francisco Chronicle, "California’s 88-year-old skydiver," 30 Jan. 2020 In 2019, the government recalled more than 20 million pounds. Chase Purdy, Quartz, "The US relaxed its meat safety rules at exactly the wrong time," 24 Jan. 2020 Reid recalls one woman standing up to express her frustration after a screening at Guelph University. Lila Maclellan, Quartz at Work, "“Tenure Not Granted”: A new film honors a woman science forgot," 23 Jan. 2020 The former chairman of the state economic development agency, Richard Ravitch, recalled in an interview that Trump approached him in December 1975. Andrea Bernstein, ProPublica, "Trump Pushed for a Sweetheart Tax Deal on His First Hotel. It’s Cost New York City $410,068,399 and Counting.," 22 Jan. 2020 Daniloff recalls meeting Luzin at the Leninsky Prospekt subway station in Moscow. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Freep.com, "Accused spy Paul Whelan would not be first American set up by Russians," 22 Jan. 2020 Ever since the Note 7 was recalled due to a safety issue with the battery (read: some exploded), Samsung has been somewhat conservative with its battery capacities. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Samsung Galaxy S20 preview: This one goes past 11 with more screen, more cameras, more everything," 22 Jan. 2020 In talking about King's trials, Richardson recalled his own. Crystal Hill, Indianapolis Star, "Central Park 5 exoneree Kevin Richardson: 'We are walking miracles'," 20 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The company said the recall affects certain C-HR, Corolla and Corolla Hybrid models. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "So that's why your speedometer was broken: Toyota recalls Prius over faulty gauge," 12 Dec. 2019 The recall affects more than 80 products made between May 30 and June 25 and distributed nationwide and to the United Arab Emirates, the press release states. Chelsea Curtis, azcentral, "Hummus products recalled for possible Listeria contamination," 17 July 2019 Daimler denied the allegations but said the recall affects 42,000 vehicles sold in Europe. Sara Germano, WSJ, "Daimler Issues Another Profit Warning as Legal Woes, Recalls Hit," 12 July 2019 The recall affects 1,644 E-Tron electric SUVs, only 540 of which have made it to customers. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "Audi Recalls Some E-Tron SUVs Over a Battery Issue," 10 June 2019 The recall affects foodservice customers in 29 states, including Colorado, Utah, Montana, Kansas and New Mexico. Jessica Seaman, The Denver Post, "Tyson recalls chicken fritters, including some sold in schools, that may contain plastic," 9 June 2019 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

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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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“Recall.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/recalling. Accessed 16 Feb. 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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