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Definition of recall verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    recall

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//rɪˈkɔːl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈkɔːl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they recall
    BrE BrE//rɪˈkɔːl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈkɔːl//
     
    he / she / it recalls
    BrE BrE//rɪˈkɔːlz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈkɔːlz//
     
    past simple recalled
    BrE BrE//rɪˈkɔːld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈkɔːld//
     
    past participle recalled
    BrE BrE//rɪˈkɔːld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈkɔːld//
     
    -ing form recalling
    BrE BrE//rɪˈkɔːlɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈkɔːlɪŋ//
     
     
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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 Luton. 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 somebody think of something synonym evoke The poem recalls Eliot's ‘The Waste Land’.
  3. 3[transitive] to order somebody to return recall somebody Both countries recalled their ambassadors. recall somebody to something He was recalled to military duty. They have both been recalled to the Welsh squad (= selected as members of the team after a time when they were not selected).
  4. 4[transitive] recall something to ask for something to be returned, often because there is something wrong with it The company has recalled all the faulty hairdryers.
  5. Word Origin late 16th cent. (as a verb): from re- ‘again’ + call, suggested by Latin revocare or French rappeler ‘call back’.Extra examples Becky could still recall that first meeting clearly. I am old enough now to wistfully recall moments of my youth. I couldn’t quite recall the date. I recall reading in an interview that he loved to cook. I seem to recall that she said she was going away. I well recall walking the five miles to school every morning. She could easily recall the smell of the orange groves. She recalled how she would go for walks along the beach late at night. I can’t recall meeting her before. The poem recalls Eliot’s ‘The Waste Land’.
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