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.
an act of recalling.
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.
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.