call to mind

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call to mind (third-person singular simple present calls to mind, present participle calling to mind, simple past and past participle called to mind)

  1. To intentionally think about; to reflect upon.
    • 1588, Robert Greene, The Historie of Dorastus and Fawnia[1], published 1902:
      [] she could take no rest: for if she waked, she began to call to minde his beautie, and thinking to beguile such thoughts with sleepe, she then dreamed of his perfection []
    • 1980, The Alterative Service book, Church of England:
      And so father, calling to mind his death on the cross, and his perfect sacrifice made once for the sins of all men; and []
  2. To cause to think about; to evoke.
    • 1829, "Varieties", The Athenæum and Literary Chronicle, Volume 1 (90): 446
      It is allowed that his tones are full and soft, and that his performance called to mind that of the celebrated Rhode; []
    • 1929, Mary Hamilton Swindler, Ancient Painting: from the earliest times to the period of Christian art, page 101:
      The painting calls to mind the description in Xenophon of how the animal was driven into the net and killed.
    • 2004, Michael Drolet (ed.), The Postmodernism Reader: Foundational Texts, page 258:
      This sort of painting calls to mind what musicians call timbre.
    • 2011 December 15, Felicity Cloake, “How to cook the perfect nut roast”, in Guardian[2]:
      The chopped mushrooms add depth to both the Waitrose and the Go-Go Vegan recipe, but what gives the latter some real clout on the flavour front is a teaspoon of Marmite. Vegetarian tweeter Jessica Edmonds tells me her boyfriend likes a similar recipe because "it tastes of Twiglets!". I'm with him – frankly, what's Christmas without a Twiglet? – but Annie Bell's goat's cheese has given me an idea for something even more festive. Stilton works brilliantly with parsnips, providing a savoury richness which feels a little more special than common or garden yeast extract. Blue cheese calls to mind the chestnuts used by Mary Berry of course, and now I'm on a roll, I pop in some sage and onion too, in a nod to the classic festive stuffing.

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