Definitions for recallrɪˈkɔl; rɪˈkɔl, ˈri kɔl for 7-13

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

re•callrɪˈkɔl; rɪˈkɔl, ˈri kɔl for 7-13(v.; n.; v.t.)

  1. to bring back from memory; recollect; remember.

  2. to call or order back:

    to recall an ambassador.

    Category: Government

  3. to bring (one's thoughts, attention, etc.) back to matters previously considered.

  4. to revoke or withdraw:

    to recall a promise.

  5. to revive.

  6. (n.)an act of recalling.

  7. recollection; remembrance.

  8. the act or possibility of revoking something.

  9. the removal or the right of removal of a public official from office by a vote of the people.

    Category: Government

  10. a summons by a manufacturer for the return of a product, as from a consumer, because of a known defect or hazard in it.

    Category: Business

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. recall, callback(noun)

    a request by the manufacturer of a defective product to return the product (as for replacement or repair)

  2. recall(noun)

    a call to return

    "the recall of our ambassador"

  3. recall(noun)

    a bugle call that signals troops to return

  4. recall, recollection, reminiscence(noun)

    the process of remembering (especially the process of recovering information by mental effort)

    "he has total recall of the episode"

  5. recall(verb)

    the act of removing an official by petition

  6. remember, retrieve, recall, call back, call up, recollect, think(verb)

    recall knowledge from memory; have a recollection

    "I can't remember saying any such thing"; "I can't think what her last name was"; "can you remember her phone number?"; "Do you remember that he once loved you?"; "call up memories"

  7. hark back, return, come back, recall(verb)

    go back to something earlier

    "This harks back to a previous remark of his"

  8. echo, recall(verb)

    call to mind

    "His words echoed John F. Kennedy"

  9. recall, call back(verb)

    summon to return

    "The ambassador was recalled to his country"; "The company called back many of the workers it had laid off during the recession"

  10. recall(verb)

    cause one's (or someone else's) thoughts or attention to return from a reverie or digression

    "She was recalled by a loud laugh"

  11. recall(verb)

    make unavailable; bar from sale or distribution

    "The company recalled the product when it was found to be faulty"

  12. recall, call in, call back, withdraw(verb)

    cause to be returned

    "recall the defective auto tires"; "The manufacturer tried to call back the spoilt yoghurt"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. recall(verb)ɪˈkɔl; n. rɪˈkɔl, ˈri kɔl for 7-13;

    to remember

    two old men recalling their youth; I couldn't recall whether I'd seen him that day.

  2. recallɪˈkɔl; n. rɪˈkɔl, ˈri kɔl for 7-13;

    (of a company) to ask the public to send back a product because of a dangerous problem

    They are recalling the 2009 model.

  3. recall(noun)ɪˈkɔl; n. rɪˈkɔl, ˈri kɔl for 7-13;

    when a company recalls a product

    a recall by the toy manufacturer

  4. recallɪˈkɔl; n. rɪˈkɔl, ˈri kɔl for 7-13;

    sb's memory

    Human recall is not perfect.


  1. recall(Noun)

    The action or fact of calling someone or something back.

  2. recall(Noun)

    Memory; the ability to remember.

  3. recall(Noun)

    In Information retrieval, the fraction of (all) relevant material that is returned by a search

  4. recall(Verb)

    To withdraw, retract (one's words etc.); to revoke (an order).

  5. recall(Verb)

    To call back, bring back or summon (someone) to a specific place, station etc.

  6. recall(Verb)

    To bring back (someone) to or from a particular mental or physical state, activity etc.

  7. recall(Verb)

    To call back (a situation, event etc.) to one's mind; to remember, recollect.

  8. recall(Verb)

    To call again, to call another time.

  9. recall(Verb)

    To request or order the return of (a faulty product).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Recall(verb)

    to call back; to summon to return; as, to recall troops; to recall an ambassador

  2. Recall(verb)

    to revoke; to annul by a subsequent act; to take back; to withdraw; as, to recall words, or a decree

  3. Recall(verb)

    to call back to mind; to revive in memory; to recollect; to remember; as, to recall bygone days

  4. Recall(noun)

    a calling back; a revocation

  5. Recall(noun)

    a call on the trumpet, bugle, or drum, by which soldiers are recalled from duty, labor, etc


  1. Recall

    Recall in memory refers to the retrieval of events or information from the past. Along with encoding and storage, it is one of the three core processes of memory. There are three main types of recall: free recall, cued recall and serial recall. Psychologists test these forms of recall as a way to study the memory processes of humans and animals. Two main theories of the process of recall are the Two-Stage Theory and the theory of Encoding Specificity.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'recall' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3957

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'recall' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2325

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'recall' in Verbs Frequency: #359

Anagrams of recall

  1. caller

  2. cellar

Translations for recall

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


an order to return

the recall of soldiers to duty.

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