- 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[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[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[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. Word Origin late 16th cent. (as a verb): from re- ‘again’ + call, suggested by Latin revocare or French rappeler
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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//