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.
an act of recalling.
Psychology. the act or process of retrieving information previously encoded and stored in memory, without being cued by the targeted information itself:Music is often used in education to improve recall of text and factual information.In the interview, careful, open questions are essential to encourage and sustain the child's free recall of events.: Compare recognition (def. 9), retrieval (def. 3).
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.
- re·call·a·ble, adjective
- un·re·call·a·ble, adjective
- un·re·called, adjective
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How to use recall in a sentence
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 | THE 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 | THE DAILY BEAST
I don't recall ever seeing him in the commissary, and who would forget?Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days | David Freeman | December 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I do not recall what sort of aeroplane Mr. Hughes had at the time; however, it was quite comfortable, as I recall.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days | David Freeman | December 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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!The Homesteader | Oscar Micheaux
And now I can recall that his eyes closed, and from his lips I caught a sigh, and then he rolled to the floor.The Homesteader | Oscar Micheaux
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
(may take a clause as object) to bring back to mind; recollect; remember
to order to return; call back permanently or temporarily: to 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 call: to sound the recall
US the process by which elected officials may be deprived of office by popular vote
- recallable, adjective
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Other Idioms and Phrases with recall
see beyond recall.
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