recall

[verb ri-kawl; noun ri-kawl, ree-kawl for 7–9, 12, 13; ree-kawl for 10, 11]

verb (used with object)

noun


Origin of recall

First recorded in 1575–85; re- + call
Related formsre·call·a·ble, adjectiveun·re·call·a·ble, adjectiveun·re·called, adjective

Synonyms for recall

1. See remember. 5. rescind, retract, recant, repeal; annul. 7. memory. 9. revocation, retraction, repeal, withdrawal, recantation; nullification.

Antonyms for recall

1. forget.
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Examples from the Web for recalling

Contemporary Examples of recalling

Historical Examples of recalling

  • She was recalling the day she became engaged to Max, and the lost feeling she had had.

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    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • A strange look settled on her face; she was recalling a bitter experience.

    Meadow Grass

    Alice Brown

  • "I thank you for recalling me to the world," said Maltravers, eagerly.

  • You will not be offended by my recalling this, after twenty years?'

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • Much obliged to you for recalling it so accurately and anticipating me.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens


British Dictionary definitions for recalling

recall

verb (tr)

(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

noun

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
Derived Formsrecallable, adjective
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Word Origin and History for recalling

recall

n.

1650s, "act of recalling to mind," from recall (v.). In U.S. politics, "removal of an elected official," 1902.

recall

v.

1580s, "to bring back by calling upon," from re- "back, again" + call (v.); in some cases a loan-translation of Middle French rappeler (see repeal (v.)) or Latin revocare (see revoke). Sense of "bring back to memory" is from 1610s. Related: Recalled; recalling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

recalling in Medicine

recall

[rĭ-kôl]

v.

To remember; recollect.

n.

The ability to remember information or experiences.
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Idioms and Phrases with recalling

recall

see beyond recall.

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