What does Recall mean?

Definitions for Recall
rɪˈkɔl; rɪˈkɔl, ˈri kɔl for 7-13re·call

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. recall, callbacknoun

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

  2. recallnoun

    a call to return

    "the recall of our ambassador"

  3. recallnoun

    a bugle call that signals troops to return

  4. recall, recollection, reminiscencenoun

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

    "he has total recall of the episode"

  5. recallverb

    the act of removing an official by petition

  6. remember, retrieve, recall, call back, call up, recollect, thinkverb

    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, recallverb

    go back to something earlier

    "This harks back to a previous remark of his"

  8. echo, recallverb

    call to mind

    "His words echoed John F. Kennedy"

  9. recall, call backverb

    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. recallverb

    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. recallverb

    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, withdrawverb

    cause to be returned

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


  1. recallnoun

    The action or fact of calling someone or something back.

  2. recallnoun

    Memory; the ability to remember.

  3. recallnoun

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

  4. recallverb

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

  5. recallverb

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

  6. recallverb

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

  7. recallverb

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

  8. recallverb

    To call again, to call another time.

  9. recallverb

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Recallnoun

    Revocation; act or power of calling back.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    Other decrees
    Against thee are gone forth, without recall. John Milton.

    ’Tis done, and since ’tis done, ’tis past recal;
    And since ’tis past recal, must be forgotten. Dryden.

  2. To Recallverb

    To call back; to call again; to revoke.

    Etymology: re and call.

    They who recal the church unto that which was at the first, must set bounds unto their speeches. Richard Hooker, b. iv. s. 2.

    If Henry were recall’d to life again,
    These news would cause him once more yield the ghost. William Shakespeare, Henry VI. p. i.

    Neglected long, she let the secret rest,
    Till lov’d recall’d it to her lab’ring breast. Dryden.

    It is strange the soul should never once recal over any of its pure native ideas, before it borrowed any thing from the body; never any other ideas, but what derive their original from that union. John Locke.

    To the churches, wherein they were ordained, they might of right be recalled as to their proper church, under pain of excommunication. John Ayliffe, Parergon.

    It is necessary to recall to the reader’s mind, the desire Ulysses has to reach his own country. William Broome, Notes on Odyss.

    If princes, whose dominions lie contiguous, be forced to draw from those armies which act against France, we must hourly expect having those troops recalled, which they now leave with us in the midst of a siege. Jonathan Swift, Miscellanies.


  1. recall

    Recall, in the context of information retrieval, is a metric used to measure the completeness of a search or the ability of a system to retrieve all relevant information. It's the proportion of all relevant items that are actually retrieved, irrespective of how many irrelevant items are also retrieved. Recall can also refer to the ability of an individual to retrieve past information or memories from their brain. It's one of the three main types of memory retrieval, along with recognition and relearning.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Recallverb

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

  2. Recallverb

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

  3. Recallverb

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

  4. Recallnoun

    a calling back; a revocation

  5. Recallnoun

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Recall

    rē-kawl′, v.t. to call back: to command to return: to revoke: to call back to mind.—n. act of recalling or revoking: a signal to soldiers to return.—adj. Recall′able, capable of being recalled.—n. Recal′ment, revocation.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. recall

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

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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 for Recall »

  1. caller

  2. cellar

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Recall in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Recall in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of Recall in a Sentence

  1. Transportation Committee:

    The hearing will examine the role of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in the Takata defective air bag recall investigation, Takata's remediation efforts, how car manufacturers are addressing defective Takata air bags, and ongoing oversight by the Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General.

  2. National Intelligence James Clapper:

    In my 50 plus years in the intelligence business I cannot recall a more diverse array of crises and challenges than we face today.

  3. Brewster Jamieson:

    This is a recall looking for grounds, not recall-worthy conduct.

  4. Michael Trujillo:

    What Team Newsom was doing was preventing anyone from falling in love with any of the replacement candidates, so, if you don't fall in love with Team Newsom, then you disincentivize anyone from voting' yes' on the recall. That's the whole play there.

  5. Ofer Levy:

    I recall our first vote a year ago or more on the first Pfizer authorization, i was one of the 17 votes in favor. I remember those early discussions -- even then, should the 16 - and 17-year-olds be included ? At that point, that was a controversial topic that was being discussed. And here we are now, as a committee unanimously recommending authorization down to 6 months of age. So we've come a long way.

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Translations for Recall

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  • تذكرArabic
  • памянуць, памінацьBelarusian
  • recordarCatalan, Valencian
  • ricurdàCorsican
  • zurückrufen, gedenken, entsinnen, Rückrufaktion, erinnern, RückrufGerman
  • εντολή επιστροφής, αναπολώ, ανάκλησηGreek
  • evocar, retiradaSpanish
  • souvenir, se remémorer, rappel, rappelerFrench
  • bi cuimhne aig, meòraich, cuimhnichScottish Gaelic
  • aagherrymManx
  • penarikanIndonesian
  • ritirare, revocare, riportare alla memoria, riportare, ricordare, richiamare, ricordarsiItalian
  • 呼び返す, 思い起す, 思い出す, 想起Japanese
  • მოგონება, შეხსენება, გახსენებაGeorgian
  • 회상하다, 생각나다Korean
  • herinneren, terughaalactie, product recallDutch
  • przywołanie, pamięć, pokrycie, odwołaniePolish
  • recordar, recall, lembrar, convocar, reconvocarPortuguese
  • amintiRomanian
  • отозвать, вспомнить, отзывать, вспоминатьRussian
  • kujtojAlbanian
  • komma ihåg, återkalla, dra sig till minnes, minnasSwedish
  • จำThai
  • Gợi lạiVietnamese
  • 記起Chinese

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