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

Other Words from recall

Verb

recallability \ ri-​ˌkȯ-​lə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce recall (audio) \ noun
recallable \ ri-​ˈkȯ-​lə-​bəl How to pronounce recall (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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb That, to me, was really interesting to explore and recall in the adaptation. Angela Dawson, Forbes, 30 Apr. 2022 In interviews with Amazon and contract workers, OSHA officials found some employees couldn’t recall ever participating in severe weather drills, or the location of the facility’s shelter. Haleluya Hadero, Chicago Tribune, 26 Apr. 2022 Georgian restaurants proliferate in Saint Petersburg, and many Americans might recall the news footage of Muscovites swarming the country’s first McDonald’s in 1990. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 Apr. 2022 However, the company decided to recall various Kinder chocolate products in the US and Canada that were manufactured at the undisclosed location. Chris Smith, BGR, 8 Apr. 2022 The patient who couldn’t recall terms was able to express himself by explaining around them and is a good candidate for speech therapy. Los Angeles Times, 1 Apr. 2022 Knight was there when this happened, though couldn't recall specifics. Arpan Lobo, Detroit Free Press, 30 Mar. 2022 Tesla plans to recall 817,000 vehicles in the U.S. after discovering that drivers may not hear an alert notifying them that their seat belt remains unbuckled, Reuters reported Thursday. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 3 Feb. 2022 After the Soundboks speakers recall from a few days ago, there’s another gadget that poses a fire risk. Chris Smith, BGR, 18 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Specifically, people with celiac disease should not consume products like the Dole salad kit in the recall. Chris Smith, BGR, 4 May 2022 Products involved in the recall include drugs, medical devices, dietary supplements, and food for humans and pets. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, 29 Apr. 2022 Formula types included in the recall include Similac Sensitive, Similac Pro-total Comfort, Similac Advance, and Similac PM 60/40, Alimentum and EleCare. Brenda Goodman And Jacqueline Howard, CNN, 28 Apr. 2022 There are currently only two types of hand sanitizer included in the voluntary recall. Serena Coady, SELF, 5 Apr. 2022 No other flavors or kinds of Skippy peanut butter are included in the recall, the FDA stressed. Natasha Dado, PEOPLE.com, 1 Apr. 2022 No other sizes, varieties or packages of Skippy brand peanut butter or peanut butter spreads are included in this recall. Haley Yamada, ABC News, 31 Mar. 2022 Similar bacterial contaminations have resulted in the recall of a number of consumer products. Emerald Elitou, Essence, 23 Mar. 2022 Lowell was a key factor in the recall, according to a recent data analysis. Jill Tucker, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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More Definitions for recall

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

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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