Synonyms & Antonyms of recall

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1 to bring back to mind
  • I don't recall meeting you before

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2 to put an end to (something planned or previously agreed to)
  • I'll recall my purchase order if the company refuses to guarantee that it'll arrive before Christmas

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Synonyms & Antonyms of recall (Entry 2 of 2)

1 a particular act or instance of recalling or the thing remembered
  • his recall of the events of that turbulent time is significantly different from the accounts of other eyewitnesses

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2 the act of putting an end to something planned or previously agreed to
  • we can't get a refund on the plane tickets, so the trip is beyond recall

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Frequently Asked Questions About recall

How is the word recall distinct from other similar verbs?

Some common synonyms of recall are recollect, remember, remind, and reminisce. While all these words mean "to bring an image or idea from the past into the mind," recall suggests an effort to bring back to mind and often to re-create in speech.

can't recall the words of the song

In what contexts can recollect take the place of recall?

The words recollect and recall are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, recollect implies a bringing back to mind what is lost or scattered.

as near as I can recollect

When can remember be used instead of recall?

The meanings of remember and recall largely overlap; however, remember implies a keeping in memory that may be effortless or unwilled.

remembers that day as though it were yesterday

When is it sensible to use remind instead of recall?

Although the words remind and recall have much in common, remind suggests a jogging of one's memory by an association or similarity.

that reminds me of a story

When could reminisce be used to replace recall?

While in some cases nearly identical to recall, reminisce implies a casual often nostalgic recalling of experiences long past and gone.

old college friends like to reminisce

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The first known use of recall was in 1565

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“Recall.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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