- To recall is defined as to bring, call back or remember.
An example of to recall is someone having a memory of their first kiss.
- to call back; ask or order to return; specif., to ask purchasers to return (an imperfect or dangerous product), often so that a manufacturing defect can be corrected
- to bring back to mind; remember
- to take back; cancel; annul; revoke; withdraw
- ☆ to remove from office by the process of recall
- to bring (the mind, attention, etc.) back, as to the immediate situation
- Old Poet. to revive
- the act of recalling
- the ability to remember; memory
- Mil. a signal, as on a bugle or drum, calling soldiers back to camp or ranks
- ☆ the process of removing, or right to remove, an official from office by popular vote, usually after using petitions to call for such a vote
transitive verbre·called, re·call·ing, re·calls
- To ask or order to return: recalled all workers who had been laid off.
- a. To remember; recollect: I don't recall her name.b. To be reminiscent of; seem similar to: a movie that recalls the screwball comedies of the 1940s.c. To summon back to awareness of or concern with the subject or situation at hand: The opening of the door recalled me from my reverie.
- To cancel, take back, or revoke: recall a move in chess.
- To bring back; restore: “an atmosphere of penetrating fragrance, the gentle potency of which had recalled her from her death-like faintness” (Nathaniel Hawthorne).
- To subject (an elected official) to a recall.
- To request return of (a product) to the manufacturer, as for necessary repairs or adjustments.
- The act of recalling or summoning back, especially an official order to return: the recall of the ambassador.
- A signal, such as a bugle call, used to summon troops back to their posts.
- The ability to remember information or experiences: has total recall of the accident.
- The act of revoking: the recall of an answer in a spelling bee.
- a. The procedure by which an elected official may be removed from office by popular vote.b. The right to employ this procedure.
- A request by the manufacturer of a product that has been identified as defective to return it, as for necessary repairs or adjustments.
(third-person singular simple present recalls, present participle recalling, simple past and past participle recalled)
- To withdraw, retract (one's words etc.); to revoke (an order). [from 16th c.]
- 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.
- To bring back (someone) to or from a particular mental or physical state, activity etc. [from 16th c.]
- To call back (a situation, event etc.) to one's mind; to remember, recollect. [from 16th c.]
- (intransitive) To call again, to call another time. [from 17th c.]
- To request or order the return of (a faulty product). [from 20th c.]
(countable and uncountable, plural recalls)
(third-person singular simple present re-calls, present participle re-calling, simple past and past participle re-called)
- To call again.
recall - Legal Definition
- A removal of a public official from office by means of a popular vote to prematurely end his or her term of service.
- A product manufacturer’s requesting the public to return faulty products for replacement or repair, required by the Consumer Safety Act.