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From re- +‎ call, probably modelled on Latin revocare, French rappeler, English withcall.




recall (third-person singular simple present recalls, present participle recalling, simple past and past participle recalled)

  1. (transitive) To withdraw, retract (one's words etc.); to revoke (an order). [from 16th c.]
  2. (transitive) To call back, bring back or summon (someone) to a specific place, station etc. [from 16th c.]
    He was recalled to service after his retirement.
    She was recalled to London for the trial.
    • 2011 October 29, Phil McNulty, “Chelsea 3 - 5 Arsenal”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      Fernando Torres was recalled in place of the suspended Didier Drogba and he was only denied a goal in the opening seconds by Laurent Koscielny's intervention - a moment that set the tone for game filled with attacking quality and littered with errors.
  3. (transitive) To bring back (someone) to or from a particular mental or physical state, activity etc. [from 16th c.]
  4. (transitive) To call back (a situation, event etc.) to one's mind; to remember, recollect. [from 16th c.]
    • 1994, Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom, Abacus 2010, p. 10:
      In fact, I hardly recall any occasion as a child when I was alone.
  5. (transitive, intransitive) To call again, to call another time. [from 17th c.]
  6. (transitive) To request or order the return of (a faulty product). [from 20th c.]




recall (countable and uncountable, plural recalls)

  1. The action or fact of calling someone or something back.
    1. Request of the return of a faulty product
    2. The right or procedure by which a public official may be removed from office before the end of his/her 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.
    3. 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.
  2. Memory; the ability to remember.
  3. (information retrieval) the fraction of (all) relevant material that is returned by a search


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recall m (plural recalls)

  1. recall (return of faulty products)