When you recall something, you remember it, like telling your friend, "As I recall, you said you'd buy my lunch the next time we got together."

The verb recall means "remember," like an older person who recalls her school days, or "call to mind," like a painter's use of colors and shapes that recall early Pablo Picasso. Recall can also be a noun — you may know someone who has great recall, or memory, of events that everyone else has forgotten. If an automaker issues a recall on your car, this is a request to temporarily "take it back" to fix something. Don't forget about this kind of recall!

Definitions of recall
  1. verb
    call to mind
    synonyms: echo
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    appear like; be similar or bear a likeness to
  2. verb
    cause one's (or someone else's) thoughts or attention to return from a reverie or digression
    “She was recalled by a loud laugh”
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    center, centre, concentrate, focus, pore, rivet
    direct one's attention on something
  3. verb
    recall knowledge from memory; have a recollection
    synonyms: call back, call up, recollect, remember, retrieve, think
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    blank out, block, draw a blank, forget
    be unable to remember
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    perceive as familiar
    recognise, recognize
    perceive to be the same
    brush up, refresh, review
    refresh one's memory
    consider to be equal or the same
  4. noun
    the process of remembering (especially the process of recovering information by mental effort)
    “he has total recall of the episode”
    synonyms: recollection, reminiscence
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    recall or remembrance
    reconstruction, reconstructive memory
    recall that is hypothesized to work by storing abstract features which are then used to construct the memory during recall
    reproduction, reproductive memory
    recall that is hypothesized to work by storing the original stimulus input and reproducing it during recall
    recall after rote memorization
    type of:
    memory, remembering
    the cognitive processes whereby past experience is remembered
  5. verb
    go back to something earlier
    synonyms: come back, hark back, return
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    go back, recur
    return in thought or speech to something
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    denote, refer
    have as a meaning
  6. verb
    summon to return
    “The ambassador was recalled to his country”
    synonyms: call back
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    call, send for
    order, request, or command to come
  7. verb
    cause to be returned
    recall the defective auto tires”
    synonyms: call back, call in, withdraw
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    withdraw from active service
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    take into one's possession
  8. verb
    make unavailable; bar from sale or distribution
    “The company recalled the product when it was found to be faulty”
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    issue, supply
    circulate or distribute or equip with
    withdraw from circulation or from the market, as of bills, shares, and bonds
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    cancel, strike down
    declare null and void; make ineffective
  9. noun
    a call to return
    “the recall of our ambassador”
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    a request
  10. noun
    a bugle call that signals troops to return
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    bugle call
    a signal broadcast by the sound of a bugle
  11. noun
    a request by the manufacturer of a defective product to return the product (as for replacement or repair)
    synonyms: callback
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    asking, request
    the verbal act of requesting
  12. noun
    the act of removing an official by petition
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    abrogation, annulment, repeal
    the act of abrogating; an official or legal cancellation
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