Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “recall”

See all translations

recall

verb uk   /rɪˈkɔːl/ us    /ˈriː.kɑːl/

recall verb (REMEMBER)

B2 [I or T] to bring the memory of a past event into your mind, and often to give a description of what you remember: The old man recalled the city as it had been before the war. "As I recall," he said with some irritation, "you still owe me €150." [+ (that)] He recalled (that) he had sent the letter over a month ago. [+ question word] Can you recall what happened last night? [+ -ing verb] She recalled seeing him outside the shop on the night of the robbery. [T] to cause you to think of a particular event, situation, or style: His paintings recall the style of Picasso.
More examples

recall verb (CALL BACK)

[T] to order the return of a person who belongs to an organization or of products made by a company: The ambassador was recalled when war broke out. The company recalled thousands of tins of baby food after a salmonella scare.

recall

noun uk   /rɪˈkɔːl/ us    /ˈriː.kɑːl/

recall noun (REMEMBERING)

[U] the ability to remember things: Old people often have astonishing powers of recall. My brother has total recall (= he can remember every detail of past events).

recall noun (CALLING BACK)

[C usually singular] an occasion when someone orders the return of a person who belongs to an organization, or orders the return of products made by a company: an emergency recall of Parliament The company issued a recall of all their latest antibiotics.
(Definition of recall from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of recall?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “recall” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

hyphen

the symbol -, used to join two words together, or to show that a word has been divided into two parts at the end of one line and the beginning of the next

Word of the Day

Lies, lies, lies!

by Kate Woodford,
February 25, 2015
​​​ According to sociologists (=people who study the relationships between people living in groups), we are good at lying. As a species, we have developed a remarkable ability to deceive each other (= persuade each other that something false is true). Being able to say things that are not true can help with

Read More 

snapchat verb

March 02, 2015
to send someone a message using the photomessaging application Snapchat We used to have a thing until he got a girlfriend. now

Read More