recall Definition

  • 1to remember something from the past
  • 2to ask for a product to be returned, especially because there is something wrong with it
  • 3to officially order the return of a product because it is unsafe

Using recall: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "recall" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I can't recall where I put my keys.

  • Example

    He recalled his childhood memories.

  • Example

    The company recalled all of its products due to safety concerns.

  • Example

    The car manufacturer recalled thousands of vehicles due to a faulty part.

recall Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for recall

Antonyms for recall

Phrases with recall

  • a special election in which voters can remove an elected official from office before their term is over


    The governor is facing a recall election next month.

  • recall value

    a statistical measure used in data analysis that represents the proportion of relevant items that are correctly identified


    The recall value of the model was 80%.

  • a type of bias that occurs when participants in a study have difficulty accurately recalling past events or experiences


    The study's results may be affected by recall bias.

Origins of recall

from Old French 'recaler', meaning 'to call back'


Summary: recall in Brief

The verb 'recall' [rɪˈkɔːl] has three main meanings: remembering something from the past, asking for a product to be returned, and officially ordering the return of a product because it is unsafe. It is often used in phrases like 'recall election' and 'recall value.' 'Recall' has formal synonyms like 'remember' and 'recollect,' as well as informal ones like 'bring to mind' and 'call up.'

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