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1 a request by the manufacturer of a defective product to return the product (as for replacement or repair) [syn: callback]
2 a call to return; "the recall of our ambassador"
3 a bugle call that signals troops to return
4 the process of remembering (especially the process of recovering information by mental effort); "he has total recall of the episode" [syn: recollection, reminiscence]
5 the act of removing an official by petition


1 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" [syn: remember, retrieve, call back, call up, recollect, think] [ant: forget]
2 go back to something earlier; "This harks back to a previous remark of his" [syn: hark back, return, come back]
3 call to mind; "His words echoed John F. Kennedy" [syn: echo]
4 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" [syn: call back]
5 cause one's (or someone else's) thoughts or attention to return from a reverie or digression; "She was recalled by a loud laugh"
6 make unavailable; bar from sale or distribution; "The company recalled the product when it was found to be faulty" [ant: issue]
7 cause to be returned; "recall the defective auto tires"; "The manufacturer tried to call back the spoilt yoghurt" [syn: call in, call back, withdraw]

User Contributed Dictionary



From re- + call, modelled on Latin revocare or French rappeler.




  1. To call back, bring back or summon to a specific place, station etc.
    He was recalled to service after his retirement.
    She was recalled to London for the trial.
  2. To remember, recollect.
    I don't recall that story.
  3. To request or order someone or something to return, especially that a product or batch of products be returned to its manufacturer for repair or replacement
  4. To cancel or annul, especially of a journey undertaken by an official.
    California voters recalled Governor Gray Davis in 2003.

Usage notes


/rɪˈkɔ:l/, /ˈri:kɔ:l/


  1. The action or fact of calling someone or something back.
  2. Memory; the ability to remember.
  3. In Information retrieval, the fraction of (all) relevant material that is returned by a search


Extensive Definition

Recall may refer to:
recall in German: Recall
recall in Japanese: リコール

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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