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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2018
re•call /v. rɪˈkɔl; n. rɪˈkɔl, ˈrikɔl for 7, 8. in Unabridged dictionary ˈrikɔl for 10, 11. in Unabridged dictionary/USA pronunciation
v. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2018
- to bring back from memory;
remember: [no object]said she couldn't recall.[~ + object]I can recall every word of our conversation.[~ + that clause]I recalled that she was out visiting.
- Government to call or order back to a place of origin:[~ + object]The car was recalled because of faulty brakes.
- [countable] an act of recalling.
ability to remember:[uncountable]has recall of every detail.
- Government[uncountable] the removal or the right of removal of a public official from office by a vote of the people.
- Business[countable] a summons by a manufacturer for the return of a product, as from a consumer, because of its having a known defect.
(v. ri kôl′;n. ri kôl′, rē′kôl for 7–9, 12, 13;
rē′kôl for 10, 11),USA pronunciation v.t.
- to bring back from memory;
remember:Can you recall what she said?
- Governmentto 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.
- Government[Internat. 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.
- the act or possibility of revoking something.
- Governmentthe 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.
- BusinessAlso 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.
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See remember.
- 5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged rescind, retract, recant, repeal;
- 7.See corresponding entry in Unabridged memory.
- 9.See corresponding entry in Unabridged revocation, retraction, repeal, withdrawal, recantation;
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged forget.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
recall /rɪˈkɔːl/ vb (transitive)
- (may take a clause as object) to bring back to mind; recollect; remember
- to order to return; call back permanently or temporarily
- to revoke or take back
- to cause (one's thoughts, attention, etc) to return from a reverie or digression
- the act of recalling or state of being recalled
- revocation or cancellation
- the ability to remember things; recollection
- (esp formerly) a signal to call back troops, etc, usually a bugle call
- US the process by which elected officials may be deprived of office by popular vote