[v. ri-kawl; n. ri-kawl, ree-kawl for 7–9, 12, 13; ree-kawl 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.

1575–85; re- + call

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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recall (rɪˈkɔːl)
1.  (may take a clause as object) to bring back to mind; recollect; remember
2.  to order to return; call back permanently or temporarily: to recall an ambassador
3.  to revoke or take back
4.  to cause (one's thoughts, attention, etc) to return from a reverie or digression
5.  poetic to restore or revive
6.  the act of recalling or state of being recalled
7.  revocation or cancellation
8.  the ability to remember things; recollection
9.  military (esp formerly) a signal to call back troops, etc, usually a bugle call: to sound the recall
10.  (US) the process by which elected officials may be deprived of office by popular vote

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Word Origin & History

1582, "to bring back by calling upon," from re- "back, again" + call (q.v.); in some cases a loan-translation of M.Fr. rappeler (see repeal) or L. revocare (see revoke). Sense of "bring back
to memory" is from 1611. U.S. political sense of "removal of an elected official" is recorded from 1902. The noun is first recorded 1611.
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Medical Dictionary

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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