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[verb ri-kawl; noun ri-kawl, ree-kawl for 7–9, 12, 13; ree-kawl for 10, 11] /verb rɪˈkɔl; noun rɪˈkɔl, ˈri kɔl for 7–9, 12, 13; ˈri kɔl for 10, 11/

verb (used with object)
to bring back from memory; recollect; remember:
Can you recall what she said?
to back; summon to return:
The army recalled many veterans.
to bring (one’s thoughts, attention, etc.) back to matters previously considered:
He recalled his mind from pleasant daydreams to the dull task at hand.
International Law. to summon back and withdraw the office from (a diplomat).
to revoke or withdraw:
to recall a promise.
to revive.
an act of recalling.
recollection; remembrance.
the act or possibility of revoking something.
the removal or the right of removal of a public official from office by a vote of the people taken upon petition of a specified number of the qualified electors.
Also called callback. a summons by a manufacturer or other agency for the return of goods or a product already shipped to market or sold to consumers but discovered to be defective, contaminated, unsafe, or the like.
a signal made by a vessel to recall one of its boats.
a signal displayed to direct a racing yacht to sail across the starting line again.
verb (transitive)
(may take a clause as object) to bring back to mind; recollect; remember
to order to return; call back permanently or temporarily: to recall an ambassador
to revoke or take back
to cause (one’s thoughts, attention, etc) to return from a reverie or digression
(poetic) to restore or revive
the act of recalling or state of being recalled
revocation or cancellation
the ability to remember things; recollection
(military) (esp formerly) a signal to call back troops, etc, usually a bugle call: to sound the recall
(US) the process by which elected officials may be deprived of office by popular vote

1580s, “to bring back by calling upon,” from re- “back, again” + call (v.); in some cases a loan-translation of Middle French rappeler (see repeal (v.)) or Latin revocare (see revoke). Sense of “bring back to memory” is from 1610s. Related: Recalled; recalling.

1650s, “act of recalling to mind,” from recall (v.). In U.S. politics, “removal of an elected official,” 1902.

recall re·call (rĭ-kôl’)
v. re·called, re·call·ing, re·calls
To remember; recollect. n. (rē’kôl’)
The ability to remember information or experiences.
see: beyond recall


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