verb (used with object)
SYNONYMS FOR recall
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OTHER WORDS FROM recallre·call·a·ble, adjectiveun·re·call·a·ble, adjectiveun·re·called, adjective
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What is a basic definition of recall?
The verb recall means to remember something. Recall is also used as a verb to mean to request a person to return somewhere. It is used as a noun to refer to an order by a company or manufacturer for a product to be returned for some reason, especially a defect. Recall has several other senses as both a verb and a noun.
- Real-life example: A friend might ask you what you did over the weekend, and you might take a minute to recall all of the fun things you did. When asked to explain what they were doing on a certain date, a defendant in a trial might say that they do not recall.
- Used in a sentence: I am trying to recall the name of an actor, but I can’t even remember the name of the movie that they’re in!
Recall also means to tell a person to return from somewhere. This sense is often used in the context of a person of authority commanding those under them to return to headquarters or their base.
- Real-life example: You are likely to hear this use of recall in reference to politics or the military. A country may decide to recall its ambassador from a country it is having a disagreement with, for example. Similarly, a country may recall troops from the place they had been dispatched to. A recall election is one in which voters decide whether to recall an elected official from office.
- Used in a sentence: After the negotiations fell through, the country decided to recall its diplomat.
The word recall is used as a noun to mean a manufacturer requesting that products be returned to them because they are defective, unsafe, or for some other reason. In this context, recall can also be used as a verb meaning to issue such a recall.
- Real-life example: Recalls are common practice, especially by car manufacturers when a part is found to be defective. The car company may send you a letter in the mail to tell you your brakes have a chance of failing. Often, the manufacturer will pay to have the defective part replaced.
- Used in a sentence: The toy company issued a recall for the toy cars because they were found to be a choking hazard.
Where does recall come from?
The first records of the word recall come from the 1500s. It is a combination of the word call, meaning “to summon,” and the prefix re-, meaning “again.” In several of its senses, recall refers to summoning something. A person who is recalling a memory is summoning it to the front of their mind, perhaps by picturing what it was like when it happened.
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What are some other forms related to recall?
- recallable (adjective)
- unrecallable (adjective)
- unrecalled (adjective)
What are some synonyms for recall?
What are some words that share a root or word element with recall?
What are some words that often get used in discussing recall?
How is recall used in real life?
Recall is commonly used as a synonym of remember. It also commonly means to withdraw or summon someone or something back.
I can't recall when was the last time I saw an Ad that was anywhere near what I was doing on Youtube.
— SingularRandal (@RandalSingular) November 15, 2020
Always wonderful to come home after a long day to find out Ford have issued a recall on their cars 😬🙈
— Josh Anderson (@coachanderson12) November 20, 2018
Israeli MFA: We regret the Jordanian decision to recall their ambassador. This decision doesn't help the efforts to calm the situation
— Barak Ravid (@BarakRavid) November 5, 2014
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Is recall used correctly in the following sentence?
My memory isn’t the best and I often have trouble recalling things I did just yesterday.
Example sentences from the Web for recall
It would have also established a primary and run-off election for special elections to fill a vacancy or for a recall election and at-large numbered seats as well, Navarro said.North County Report: Next Oceanside Mayor May Not Have Much Support|Kayla Jimenez|September 2, 2020|Voice of San Diego
So when I first heard the story about how Mazda6 sedans were apparently overrun with yellow sac spiders to the point of requiring a recall of more than 100,000 vehicles, I kind of accepted it at face value.
The agency also asked Allergan to make more of an effort to locate and warn tens of thousands of women that they might be affected by the recall of their breast implants.Three more women have died from cancer linked to Allergan’s recalled breast implants, FDA says|Maria Aspan|August 24, 2020|Fortune
San Diego students went on strike, and voters took advantage of a newfound power – the recall – to boot the board members out of office.‘Keep Your Mouth Shut’: Why San Diego Banned ‘Seditious’ Talk in 1918|Randy Dotinga|August 4, 2020|Voice of San Diego
Unprompted brand recall is a metric that usually works well for the most popular brands.Seven brand health metrics and how to measure them|Aleh Barysevich|July 24, 2020|Search Engine Watch
One was a Quaker school, whose name he can no longer recall, in upstate New York.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Recall how Clinton returned to Arkansas from the campaign trail to preside over the execution of a mentally disabled man.
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|DAILY BEAST
I don't recall ever seeing him in the commissary, and who would forget?
I do not recall what sort of aeroplane Mr. Hughes had at the time; however, it was quite comfortable, as I recall.
The associations of place recall her strange interview with Mr. Longcluse but a few months before.Checkmate|Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
He stood listening to what I was saying, and I recall that when I turned slightly and saw his face, it was terrible!
And now I can recall that his eyes closed, and from his lips I caught a sigh, and then he rolled to the floor.
I often recall the farewell lunch we had together at the Restaurant de Paris, in the Escolta.The Philippine Islands|John Foreman
On the third day after the declaration of his recall, Ripperda took his official leave, and presented his son in his new office.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4|Jane Porter
British Dictionary definitions for recall
Derived forms of recallrecallable, adjective
Medical definitions for recall
Idioms and Phrases with recall
see beyond recall.