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

Nigeria began evacuating some of its citizens, recalled its high commissioner, and boycotted the World Economic Forum on Africa summit in Cape Town. Abdi Latif Dahir, Quartz Africa, "These charts show migrants aren’t South Africa’s biggest problem," 13 Sep. 2019 Thoroughbred Chorus member Dan Burgress recalled the group's trips with Wible. courier-journal.com, "Standard Gravure remembered: Here are all the victims from the 1989 mass shooting," 12 Sep. 2019 The researchers found that the Support Vector Machine had the highest precision rate in predicting hits, coming in at 99.53 percent, while the random forest model had the best accuracy rate (88 percent) and recall rate (85.51 percent). Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Data Science Explains Why Every Hit Pop Song Sounds the Same," 9 Sep. 2019 As time passed, Schmit recalled growing tired and anxious. Andrew J. Campa, Glendale News-Press, "Heroics in no short supply for Crescenta Valley High School trio," 3 Sep. 2019 On August 28, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled more than 26,000 glass cooktops from Whirlpool, KitchenAid, and JennAir. Selena Barrientos, House Beautiful, "Whirlpool, KitchenAid, and JennAir Glass Cooktops Are Being Recalled," 29 Aug. 2019 In the intersection of Oram and Skillman streets, McDonald recalled pressing the button to cross. Hayat Norimine, Dallas News, "What's the status of Dallas' pedestrian push buttons? Curious Texas investigates," 23 Aug. 2019 Khatia Buniatishvili, a French-Georgian pianist, recalled hearing Ms Argerich’s performance of a Brahms rhapsody in a piece for the New York Times in 2017. E.h., The Economist, "The wondrous power of Martha Argerich," 22 Aug. 2019 Kirwan recalls how Ocasek could listen quietly as the musicians worked themselves into a knot, and then offer a simple suggestion that instantly untangled them. Eric R. Danton, Fortune, "Just What I Needed: Beyond The Cars, Ric Ocasek Also Left a Producing Legacy," 17 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The election was a continued referendum of sorts, with Vernon town voters reacting to a recent recall petition signed by more than 1,200 residents who accused Moline of misconduct in office. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Vernon town residents overwhelmingly vote to oust village board member in recall election," 28 Aug. 2019 Fifteen members stood up after Simerly spoke to show their support for the recall. Miles Moffeit, Dallas News, "Resign or be recalled, DeSoto residents tell councilwoman; her colleagues remain silent," 21 Aug. 2019 In February 2019, the FDA issued a statement with more information about BIA-ALCL but didn’t yet issue a request for a recall. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "These Breast Implants Have Been Recalled Because of Their Link to a Rare Cancer," 13 Aug. 2019 More than 10,000 residents signed a recall petition, ousting him from the seat. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "Boris Johnson's Conservative Party suffers UK by-election defeat," 2 Aug. 2019 The 29 home runs ties Tomas for the PCL lead with Aces teammate Kevin Cron, who has seen time with the Diamondbacks this season but isn't a candidate for recall due to an unspecified injury. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Diamondbacks bringing back Yasmany Tomas for series in Miami," 25 July 2019 Less than two weeks after Brown signed the bill into law, a recall petition was filed against Newman. John Wildermuth, SFChronicle.com, "Could Democrats own Orange County? This 2020 race is key," 19 July 2019 About 10,000 constituents signed a recall petition, forcing the by-election. The Economist, "The Brecon by-election is a test for Britain’s next prime minister," 18 July 2019 In January, the food company announced a voluntary recall of the same bags over fears of salmonella contamination. Georgia Slater, PEOPLE.com, "Gold Medal Flour Is Being Recalled Over Possible E. Coli Contamination," 17 Sep. 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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