recall

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!

Primary Meanings of recall

1.
vn
call to mind
the process of remembering (especially the process of recovering information by mental effort)
2.
vn
go back to something earlier
a call to return
3.
n
the act of removing an official by petition
Full Definitions of recall
1

v call to mind

Synonyms:
echo
Type of:
resemble
appear like; be similar or bear a likeness to

v cause one's (or someone else's) thoughts or attention to return from a reverie or digression

“She was recalled by a loud laugh”
Type of:
center, centre, concentrate, focus, pore, rivet
direct one's attention on something

v recall knowledge from memory; have a recollection

Synonyms:
call back, call up, recollect, remember, retrieve, think
Antonyms:
blank out, block, draw a blank, forget
be unable to remember
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know
perceive as familiar
recognise, recognize
perceive to be the same
brush up, refresh, review
refresh one's memory
identify
consider to be equal or the same

n 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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mind
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
regurgitation
recall after rote memorization
Type of:
memory, remembering
the cognitive processes whereby past experience is remembered
2

v go back to something earlier

Synonyms:
come back, hark back, return
Types:
go back, recur
return in thought or speech to something
Type of:
denote, refer
have as a meaning

v summon to return

“The ambassador was recalled to his country”
Synonyms:
call back
Type of:
call, send for
order, request, or command to come

v cause to be returned

recall the defective auto tires”
Synonyms:
call back, call in, withdraw
Types:
decommission
withdraw from active service
Type of:
take
take into one's possession

v make unavailable; bar from sale or distribution

“The company recalled the product when it was found to be faulty”
Antonyms:
issue, supply
circulate or distribute or equip with
Types:
retire
withdraw from circulation or from the market, as of bills, shares, and bonds
Type of:
cancel, strike down
declare null and void; make ineffective

n a call to return

“the recall of our ambassador”
Type of:
call
a request

n a bugle call that signals troops to return

Type of:
bugle call
a signal broadcast by the sound of a bugle

n a request by the manufacturer of a defective product to return the product (as for replacement or repair)

Synonyms:
callback
Type of:
asking, request
the verbal act of requesting
3

n the act of removing an official by petition

Type of:
abrogation, annulment, repeal
the act of abrogating; an official or legal cancellation

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