- 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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Examples from the Web for recalling
I was surprised when she revealed herself as one of my fans, even going so far as recalling the first scene she saw me in.Porn Keeps Up with the Kardashians: Belle Knox on the Mainstreaming of Adult Stars
September 27, 2014
“First we targeted the tanks and the jeeps with IEDs,” he said mechanically, as if recalling a combat briefing.Did Israel Execute Jihadists in Gaza?
September 7, 2014
I had absolutely no problem in recalling the dream and remembering I needed to do something about it.Knocking on Heaven's Door: True Stories of Unexplained, Uncanny Experiences at the Hour of Death
August 11, 2014
When Paul McCartney came up with the melody to “Yesterday,” he initially feared that it was an old song that he was recalling.Did Led Zeppelin Steal ‘Stairway to Heaven’?
May 25, 2014
"We were made the foster parents of an icon," says David, recalling the problems in producing the revival.New York’s Greatest Show Or How They Did Not Screw Up ‘Guys and Dolls’
April 6, 2014
She was recalling the day she became engaged to Max, and the lost feeling she had had.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
A strange look settled on her face; she was recalling a bitter experience.Meadow Grass
"I thank you for recalling me to the world," said Maltravers, eagerly.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
You will not be offended by my recalling this, after twenty years?'
Much obliged to you for recalling it so accurately and anticipating me.
- (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
Word Origin and History for recalling
1650s, "act of recalling to mind," from recall (v.). In U.S. politics, "removal of an elected official," 1902.
- To remember; recollect.
- The ability to remember information or experiences.
Idioms and Phrases with recalling
see beyond recall.