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Definition of recall verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they recall
    he / she / it recalls
    past simple recalled
    -ing form recalling
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] (formal) (not used in the progressive tenses) to remember something synonym recollect recall something She could not recall his name. (+ adv./prep.) If I recall correctly, he lives in Atlanta. recall (somebody/something) doing something I can't recall meeting her before. recall that… He recalled that she always came home late on Wednesdays. recall what, when, etc. … Can you recall exactly what happened? + speech “It was on a Thursday in March,” he recalled.
  2. 2[transitive] recall something (not used in the progressive tenses) to make someone think of something synonym evoke The poem recalls Eliot's “The Waste Land.”
  3. 3[transitive] to order someone to return recall somebody Both countries recalled their ambassadors. recall somebody to something He was recalled to military duty.
  4. 4[transitive] recall something (business) to ask for something to be returned, often because there is something wrong with it The company has recalled all the faulty hairdryers.
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