1. To call back; to summon to return; as, to recall troops; to recall an ambassador.2. To revoke; to annul by a subsequent act; to take back; to withdraw; as, to recall words, or a decree. Passed sentence may not be recall'd. (Shakespeare)3. To call back to mind; to revive in memory; to recollect; to remember; as, to recall bygone days.
1. A calling back; a revocation. 'T his done, and since 't is done, 't is past recall. Dryden.2. (Military) A call on the trumpet, bugle, or drum, by which soldiers are recalled from duty, labor, etc. Wilhelm.
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From re- + call, probably modelled on Latin revocare, French rappeler, English withcall.
recall (countable and uncountable, plural recalls) The action or fact of calling someone or something back. Memory; the ability to remember. In Information retrieval, the fraction of (all) relevant material that is returned by a search
recall (third-person singular simple present recalls, present participle recalling, simple past and past participle recalled) (transitive) To withdraw, retract (one's words etc.); to revoke (an order). (transitive) To call back, bring back or summon (someone) to a specific place, station etc. He was recalled to service after his retirement. She was recalled to London for the trial. 2011 October 29, Phil McNulty, “Chelsea 3 - 5 Arsenal”, BBC Sport: Fernando Torres was recalled in place of the suspended Didier Drogba and he was only denied a goal in the opening seconds by Laurent Koscielny's intervention - a moment that set the tone for game filled with attacking quality and littered with errors. (transitive) To bring back (someone) to or from a particular mental or physical state, activity etc. (transitive) To call back (a situation, event etc.) to one's mind; to remember, recollect. 1994, Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom, Abacus 2010, p. 10: In fact, I hardly recall any occasion as a child when I was alone. (transitive, intransitive) To call again, to call another time. (transitive) To request or order the return of (a faulty product).
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