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



    BrE BrE//rɪˈkɔːl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈkɔːl//
    ; BrE BrE//ˈriːkɔːl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈriːkɔːl//
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  1. 1[uncountable] the ability to remember something that you have learned or something that has happened in the past She has amazing powers of recall. to have instant recall (= to be able to remember something immediately) to have total recall (= to be able to remember all the details of something)
  2. 2[singular] an official order or request for somebody/something to return, or for something to be given back Thomas’s recall to the Welsh team Hundreds of machines are still in use in spite of a recall by the manufacturers.
  3. Word Originlate 16th cent. (as a verb): from re- ‘again’ + call, suggested by Latin revocare or French rappeler ‘call back’.Idioms impossible to bring back to the original state; impossible to remember The paintings were damaged beyond recall.
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