Definition of Recall

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

Exact synonyms: Callback
Generic synonyms: Asking, Request
Derivative terms: Call Back

2. Verb. Recall knowledge from memory; have a recollection. "They won't recall the story "; "Call up memories"

3. Noun. A call to return. "The recall of our ambassador"
Generic synonyms: Call

4. Verb. Go back to something earlier. "This harks back to a previous remark of his"
Exact synonyms: Come Back, Hark Back, Return
Generic synonyms: Denote, Refer
Specialized synonyms: Go Back, Recur

5. Noun. A bugle call that signals troops to return.
Generic synonyms: Bugle Call

6. Verb. Call to mind. "His words echoed John F. Kennedy"
Exact synonyms: Echo
Generic synonyms: Resemble
Derivative terms: Echo

7. Noun. The process of remembering (especially the process of recovering information by mental effort). "He has total recall of the episode"

8. Verb. Summon to return. "The company called back many of the workers it had laid off during the recession"
Exact synonyms: Call Back
Generic synonyms: Call, Send For
Derivative terms: Call-back

9. Noun. The act of removing an official by petition.
Generic synonyms: Abrogation, Annulment, Repeal
Geographical relationships: America, The States, U.s., U.s.a., United States, United States Of America, Us, Usa

10. 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"
Generic synonyms: Center, Centre, Concentrate, Focus, Pore, Rivet

11. Verb. Make unavailable; bar from sale or distribution. "The company recalled the product when it was found to be faulty"
Generic synonyms: Cancel, Strike Down
Specialized synonyms: Retire
Antonyms: Issue

12. Verb. Cause to be returned. "The manufacturer tried to call back the spoilt yoghurt"
Exact synonyms: Call Back, Call In, Withdraw
Generic synonyms: Take
Specialized synonyms: Decommission
Derivative terms: Callback

Definition of Recall

1. v. t. To call back; to summon to return; as, to recall troops; to recall an ambassador.

2. n. A calling back; a revocation.

3. n. The right or procedure by which a public official, commonly a legislative or executive official, may be removed from office, before the end of his term of office, by a vote of the people to be taken on the filing of a petition signed by a required number or percentage of qualified voters.

Definition of Recall

1. Verb. (transitive) To withdraw, retract (one's words etc.); to revoke (an order). (defdate from 16th c.) ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To call back, bring back or summon (someone) to a specific place, station etc. (defdate from 16th c.) ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To bring back (someone) (term to) or (term from) a particular mental or physical state, activity etc. (defdate from 16th c.) ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) To call back (a situation, event etc.) to one's mind; to remember, recollect. (defdate from 16th c.) ¹

5. Verb. (transitive intransitive) To call again, to call another time. (defdate from 17th c.) ¹

6. Verb. (transitive) To request or order the return of (a faulty product). (defdate from 20th c.) ¹

7. Noun. The action or fact of calling someone or something back. ¹

8. Noun. Memory; the ability to remember. ¹

9. Noun. In Information retrieval, the fraction of (all) relevant material that is returned by a search ¹

¹ Source:

Definition of Recall

1. to call back [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Recall

1. The process whereby a representation of past experience is elicited. (12 Dec 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Recall

recall (current term)
recall dose

Literary usage of Recall

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"In In South Dakota the recall may be invoked against city officials, and this process ... Sweeping recall amendments have been adopted in California (1911), ..."

2. Macbeth by William Shakespeare, Samuel Thurber (1896)
"recall the very similar proverbial expression used earlier in the play by Macbeth. ... recall another instance of the use of this word in the same sense ..."

3. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"In South Dakota the recall may be invoked against city officials, and this process of removal has been adopted in some cities of Massachusetts, New Jersey, ..."

4. The American Journal of Psychology by Granville Stanley Hall, Edward Bradford Titchener (1916)
"In the final recall when the parts from the previous recalls were put together 12.5 lines were added and distributed as follows : i, i, i, 8, 1.5. ..."

5. Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature by Anna Lorraine Guthrie, Marion A. Knight, H.W. Wilson Company, Estella E. Painter (1920)
"Am Law R 50:730-40 S '16 recall of judges and Judicial Independence. ... Am J Psychol 28: 1-37 Ja '17 Judicial recall. See recall of Judges Judiciary. ..."

6. Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature by H.W. Wilson Company (1917)
"recall • Initiative, referendum and recall In practice. ... Survey 37: 375 D 30 '16 • recall? map R of Rs 56:88 Jl '17 Receivers Passing of railroad ..."

7. The Cambridge Modern History by John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton Acton, Adolphus William Ward, George Walter Prothero, Ernest Alfred Benians (1906)
"... recall. In the letters to Lord Carlisle, in which Fitzwilliam defended his conduct, he asserted that the cause of his removal was not the Catholic ..."

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