Definitions of recall

  1. cause to be returned; " recall the defective auto tires"; " The manufacturer tried to call back the spoilt yoghurt"
  2. recall knowledge from memory; have a recollection; " I can't remember saying any such thing"; " I can't think what her last name was"; " can you remember her phone number?"; " Do you remember that he once loved you?"; " call up memories"
  3. go back to something earlier; " This harks back to a previous remark of his"
  4. call to mind; " His words echoed John F. Kennedy"
  5. the act of removing an official by petition
  6. cause one's ( or someone else's) thoughts or attention to return from a reverie or digression; " She was recalled by a loud laugh"
  7. summon to return; " The ambassador was recalled to his country"
  8. make unavailable; bar from sale or distribution; " The company recalled the product when it was found to be faulty"
  9. the process of remembering ( especially the process of recovering information by mental effort); " he has total recall of the episode"
  10. a bugle call that signals troops to return
  11. a call to return; " the recall of our ambassador"
  12. a request by the manufacturer of a defective product to return the product ( as for replacement or repair)
  13. summon to return; " The ambassador was recalled to his country"; " The company called back many of the workers it had laid off during the recession"
  14. 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.
  15. Short for recall of judicial decisions, the right or procedure by which the decision of a court may be directly reversed or annulled by popular vote, as was advocated, in 1912, in the platform of the Progressive party for certain cases involving the police power of the state.
  16. To call back; to summon to return; as, to recall troops; to recall an ambassador.
  17. To revoke; to annul by a subsequent act; to take back; to withdraw; as, to recall words, or a decree.
  18. To call back to mind; to revive in memory; to recollect; to remember; as, to recall bygone days.
  19. A calling back; a revocation.
  20. A call on the trumpet, bugle, or drum, by which soldiers are recalled from duty, labor, etc.
  21. The process whereby a representation of past experience is elicited.
  22. The power by which an unsatisfactory public official may be put out of office, by vote of the people; the right of the citizens of a state to set aside by vote the decision of a court; a signal sounded on a drum, bugle, etc., to call beck soldiers.
  23. To summon back; as, to recall an ambassador; recollect; as, to recall a name; take back; as, to recall angry words; revoke; as, to recall a decision.
  24. To call back: to command to return: to revoke: to call back to mind: to remember.
  25. Act of recalling or revoking.
  26. Act of recalling.
  27. To call back; revoke; remember.
  28. To call back; countermand.
  29. To recollect.
  30. A calling back or countermanding; a signal to call back soldiers, etc.
  31. A calling back; revocation; power of calling back or revoking.
  32. To call back; to revoke.
  33. To call back or again; to revoke; to revive in the mind.
  34. The act or power of calling back; a revocation.

Usage examples for recall

  1. For months afterward, when he tried to recall that morning, the weak feeling in his knees, the way the letters that were not from her shook in his hand, the sound of his mother's joyous voice- these things would come into his mind together. – The Iron Woman by Margaret Deland
  2. It is sad that I should have to recall that to my son's mind. – The Sign of Flame by E. Werner
  3. I do not recall the name. – The Hollow of Her Hand by George Barr McCutcheon
  4. Now that I recall it, they said it in a very odd way too. – The Husbands of Edith by George Barr McCutcheon
  5. The mother of a family said to me the other day: " When I recall the way in which girls were dressed in my youth, I wonder how any of us ever got a husband." – Worldly Ways and Byways by Eliot Gregory
  6. What I did or how I came to do it, I can never recall. – The Devil Doctor by Sax Rohmer
  7. " Now that I am away from the influence of Lord Harry, I can recall my former experience of him: and I am afraid I can see the end that is coming. – Blind Love by Wilkie Collins
  8. But the Harvey of his letters and of the recall was a stranger. – The Amazing Interlude by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  9. I recall what might have been a very serious accident had not my usual good luck attended me, when I was a few years older. – My Boyhood by John Burroughs
  10. " I recall him first as a man whom I felt to be a stranger, but whom I was told to call father," said young Burton. – Ashton-Kirk, Criminologist by John T. McIntyre
  11. Was he going to worry himself to recall that which could do him no harm to know? – Somehow Good by William de Morgan
  12. " I don't recall the name," she answered. – Trumps by George William Curtis
  13. I exclaimed, too quickly- and would have been glad to recall the speech. – The Guest of Quesnay by Booth Tarkington
  14. Under these circumstances it is important to recall to him that one habit can only be removed by the making of another. – Psychotherapy by James J. Walsh
  15. He could not even recall the look. – David Elginbrod by George MacDonald
  16. I don't seem to recall. – Ministry of Disturbance by Henry Beam Piper
  17. The news of General Clarke's recall will have reached you by this time, and I suspect has surprised you. – The Project Gutenberg Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte by Bourrienne, Constant, and Stewarton
  18. " I guess I recall you now," said Neale, thoughtfully. – The U.P. Trail by Zane Grey
  19. As if I would recall it! – The Children of the World by Paul Heyse