[verb ri-kawl; noun ri-kawl, ree-kawl for 7–9, 12, 13; ree-kawl for 10, 11]
- to bring back from memory; recollect; remember: Can you recall what she said?
- to call back; summon to return: The army recalled many veterans.
- to bring (one's thoughts, attention, etc.) back to matters previously considered: He recalled his mind from pleasant daydreams to the dull task at hand.
- International Law. to summon back and withdraw the office from (a diplomat).
- to revoke or withdraw: to recall a promise.
- to revive.
- an act of recalling.
- recollection; remembrance.
- the act or possibility of revoking something.
- the removal or the right of removal of a public official from office by a vote of the people taken upon petition of a specified number of the qualified electors.
- Also called callback. a summons by a manufacturer or other agency for the return of goods or a product already shipped to market or sold to consumers but discovered to be defective, contaminated, unsafe, or the like.
- a signal made by a vessel to recall one of its boats.
- a signal displayed to direct a racing yacht to sail across the starting line again.
Origin of recall
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1. See remember. 5. rescind, retract, recant, repeal; annul. 7. memory. 9. revocation, retraction, repeal, withdrawal, recantation; nullification.
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Examples from the Web for recall
Recall how Clinton returned to Arkansas from the campaign trail to preside over the execution of a mentally disabled man.President Cuomo Would’ve Been a Lion
January 2, 2015
That action ignited protests that rocked Wisconsin and spurred a recall—only the second recall of a governor in U.S. history.The Next Phase of the Koch Brothers’ War on Unions
Carl Deal and Tia Lessin
December 22, 2014
I do not recall what sort of aeroplane Mr. Hughes had at the time; however, it was quite comfortable, as I recall.
He liked to recall his films from the '20s and '30s, in which he put distinguished West End actors on the screen.
It took, as I recall, almost two days to fly from New York to Los Angeles.
I cannot recall the precise amount, but it was not so much as what you call one dollar.
He tried to recall some forgotten detail of the business that might serve to occupy him.
He sat down on the anvil with his heart beating, and began to recall the picture.Way of the Lawless
I longed to be by myself that I might recall Ned's every look and word.The Bacillus of Beauty
Humour he had in plenty; one has only to recall Acis and Galatea.Handel
Edward J. Dent
- (may take a clause as object) to bring back to mind; recollect; remember
- to order to return; call back permanently or temporarilyto recall an ambassador
- to revoke or take back
- to cause (one's thoughts, attention, etc) to return from a reverie or digression
- poetic to restore or revive
- the act of recalling or state of being recalled
- revocation or cancellation
- the ability to remember things; recollection
- military (esp formerly) a signal to call back troops, etc, usually a bugle callto sound the recall
- US the process by which elected officials may be deprived of office by popular vote
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Word Origin and History for recall
1650s, "act of recalling to mind," from recall (v.). In U.S. politics, "removal of an elected official," 1902.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To remember; recollect.
- The ability to remember information or experiences.
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Idioms and Phrases with recall
see beyond recall.
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