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 District Attorney John Chisholm could not immediately recall on Wednesday the last time a defendant was convicted of a hate crime in the county. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 18 May 2022 Depp’s lawyers have already presented testimony from people who saw Heard around that time and did not recall seeing a bruise on her face. Gene Maddaus, Variety, 16 May 2022 Hill doesn’t recall them ever going out together or meeting any of his friends. Washington Post, 9 May 2022 Experts could not recall any high court leak resulting in prosecution or disciplinary action. The Christian Science Monitor, 4 May 2022 Experts could not recall a similar case of a draft opinion leaking into public view. John Fritze, USA TODAY, 3 May 2022 Her sister, Vanja Contino, doesn't recall many details from the flight itself. Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN, 30 Apr. 2022 Gladys Mwilelo of New Haven doesn’t recall her life in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Susan Dunne, Hartford Courant, 26 Apr. 2022 What's more, there was no evidence of any chipmunk shootings around the house and neighbors did not recall hearing any type of disturbance during that period of time. Paul Larosa, CBS News, 21 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Abbott’s voluntary recall was triggered by four illnesses reported in babies who had consumed powdered formula from its plant. Zeke Miller And Kevin Freking, Anchorage Daily News, 19 May 2022 Without that meaningful connection, even interesting stories might not make the leap from short-term to long-term recall. Yec, Forbes, 19 May 2022 That is why advertisers often get metrics from outside companies to help track their campaigns’ impressions as well as any effects on consumers’ perception or recall of brands, Mr. Wieser said. Ann-marie Alcántara, WSJ, 19 May 2022 Abbott’s voluntary recall was triggered by four illnesses reported in babies who had consumed powdered formula from its plant. Zeke Miller, USA TODAY, 18 May 2022 Boudin and Gascon are currently facing recall attempts. Fox News, 18 May 2022 Abbott’s voluntary recall was triggered by four illnesses reported in babies who had consumed powdered formula from its plant. Zeke Miller And Kevin Freking, Chicago Tribune, 18 May 2022 The two jams come in 9 oz glass jars, although the recall announcement doesn’t include images of the products. Chris Smith, BGR, 18 May 2022 Skittles gummies are new to the brand's fleet of candy; they were only released in November of 2020 before being removed from retail shelves due to the recall. Antonia Debianchi, PEOPLE.com, 17 May 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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