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 recall (audio) \ noun
recallable \ ri-​ˈkȯ-​lə-​bəl How to pronounce recall (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 Dykes could not recall when the conversation with Hughes occurred, but Bibb-Carson said Dykes first submitted his resume in February 2020. Courtney Astolfi, cleveland, "CSU passed over five ‘most qualified’ candidates to give $140,000 job to disgraced Cuyahoga County HR chief, records show," 16 Feb. 2021 Luger said Wednesday that couldn't recall Wall's case, but it may have been forwarded for consideration among many during his time as U.S. attorney from 2014 to 2017. Paul Walsh, Star Tribune, "Commutation from Trump clears way for Waseca inmate's freedom 5 years early," 20 Jan. 2021 The game warden lieutenant from the Bay Area region could not recall a single coyote bite to a human in more than a decade of working in the area, Foy said. Matthias Gafni, SFChronicle.com, "Rogue Moraga coyote linked by DNA to two recent attacks," 13 Dec. 2020 There were people who could recall lighting the water on fire, said Bob Lewis, 78, who has lived in the neighborhood for 35 years and watched the dredging unfold on Monday. Mihir Zaveri, New York Times, "Getting ‘Black Mayonnaise’ Out of One of America’s Dirtiest Waterways," 19 Nov. 2020 Mothers who had not received positive feedback could recall their diagnosis experience in specific, often haunting detail, even after 20 years. Scientific American, "We Must Reduce the Trauma of Medical Diagnoses," 8 Sep. 2020 Avid followers of online controversies may recall Music as the thing that made a lot of neurodivergent people mad at Sia. Jen Chaney, Vulture, "The Biggest Snubs and Surprises of the 2021 Golden Globe Nominations," 3 Feb. 2021 Captain Marvel fans may recall meeting Monica as a child in the '90s set film. refinery29.com, "How WandaVision’s Long, Strange Trip Fits Into The MCU," 25 Jan. 2021 Some of us may recall the exchange that Holden has with Gloria Swanson in Billy Wilder’s 1950 classic Sunset Boulevard. Michael Washburn, National Review, "The Moviegoer at 60," 27 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In an opinion piece published in The Chronicle, Gabriela López acknowledged mistakes in the process that have resulted in a potential lawsuit and possible recall efforts targeting several board members, including López. Anna Buchmann, San Francisco Chronicle, "Bay Briefing: Controversial S.F. school renamings on hold," 22 Feb. 2021 Owners can check the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recall website to find out if their vehicle is affected. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, "2021 Ford Bronco Sport Recalled over Loose Rear Suspension," 19 Feb. 2021 The recall threat to Mr. Newsom has considerable momentum. Nellie Bowles, New York Times, "Hurt by Lockdowns, California’s Small Businesses Push to Recall Governor," 19 Feb. 2021 Replacement candidates will appear on the same ballot as the recall option. Tori Richards, Washington Examiner, "California GOP hopes to unite around candidate to unseat Newsom," 19 Feb. 2021 The defective product's recall comes with much of the country covered in snow, including states like Texas and Georgia that don't typically see the winter weather conditions that bring out plows and shovels. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "Toro recalls snow blowers due to amputation hazard," 19 Feb. 2021 Actor Kevin Sorbo claimed in a Tweet on Feb. 15 that California required signature verifications on recall petitions but not for mail-in ballots. Winston Gieseke, USA TODAY, "Low-income Californians to receive $600 state stimulus," 18 Feb. 2021 Their quick recall of facts and details is the result of meticulous homework done daily. Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News, "Coronavirus, venue change don't stop veteran announcers from calling events at San Antonio's annual rodeo," 13 Feb. 2021 Records show that four of seven City Council members survived 2016 recall elections in Upper Arlington, a city of 33,000 northwest of Columbus. Peter Krouse, cleveland, "Wayward chickens and a radical recall campaign: big problems for one of Cuyahoga County’s tiniest communities," 8 Feb. 2021

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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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Last Updated

25 Feb 2021

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“Recall.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/recall. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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More Definitions for recall

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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