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[v. ri-kawl; n. ri-kawl, ree-kawl for 7–9, 12, 13; ree-kawl for 10, 11] /v. rɪˈkɔl; n. rɪˈkɔl, ˈri kɔl for 7–9, 12, 13; ˈri kɔl for 10, 11/
verb (used with object)
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
1575-85; re- + call
Related forms
recallable, adjective
unrecallable, adjective
unrecalled, adjective
1. See remember. 5. rescind, retract, recant, repeal; annul. 7. memory. 9. revocation, retraction, repeal, withdrawal, recantation; nullification.
1. forget. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for recall
  • Mix a few well-chosen vintage pieces with contemporary items that recall the shapes, colors, and styles of the jet-set era.
  • From your own dreams you will doubtless recall the fusion of several persons into one.
  • It is curious to recall some of the mental habits of those departed days.
  • Injections again recall the unfortunate friend who has poisoned himself with cocaine.
  • Next, ask students to recall examples of fossil evidence that supported some of these interactions.
  • After participating in the activity, ask the students to recall events that changed the range and population of the gray wolf.
  • Once a nuclear-tipped missile is launched, no one has the means to recall it.
  • Pond snails don't have the memory skills of more complex creatures, but they can recall experiences and learn from them.
  • But of the myths of his people he appeared to recall nothing.
  • Two days later, they were asked to recall as many words as they could.
British Dictionary definitions for recall


verb (transitive)
(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
Derived Forms
recallable, adjective
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Word Origin and History for recall

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.


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

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recall in Medicine

recall re·call (rĭ-kôl')
v. re·called, re·call·ing, re·calls
To remember; recollect. n. (rē'kôl')
The ability to remember information or experiences.

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