Meaning of RECALL in English


I. re ‧ call 1 S3 W2 /rɪˈkɔːl $ ˈriːkɒːl/ BrE AmE verb

1 . REMEMBER SOMETHING [intransitive, transitive not in progressive] to remember a particular fact, event, or situation from the past:

You don’t happen to recall his name, do you?

recall (that)

I seem to recall I’ve met him before somewhere.

recall doing something

I don’t recall seeing any cars parked outside.

recall what/how/where etc

I can’t recall who gave me the information.

As I recall, it was you who suggested this idea in the first place.

2 . PERSON [transitive] to officially tell someone to come back to a place or group

recall somebody to something

Cole was recalled to the squad to replace the injured Quinn.

recall somebody from something

The Ambassador was recalled from Washington.

3 . PRODUCT [transitive] if a company recalls one of its products, it asks people who have bought it to return it because there may be something wrong with it:

The cars had to be recalled due to an engine fault.

4 . COMPUTER [transitive] to bring information back onto the screen of a computer

5 . BE SIMILAR TO SOMETHING [transitive] if something recalls something else, it makes you think of it because it is very similar:

The furnishings recall the 1960s.

6 . POLITICS [transitive] American English to vote to remove someone from their political position

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▪ remember to form an idea in your mind of people, events, places etc from the past:

I remember Janine – she lived in that house on the corner.


I can’t remember how the film ends.


He remembered meeting her at a party once.

▪ recall to remember a particular fact, event, or situation, especially in order to tell someone about it:

Can you recall where your husband was that night?


She recalled that he had seemed a strange, lonely man.

▪ recollect formal to remember an event or situation:

Harry smiled as he recollected the scene.


She tried to recollect what had happened next in her dream.

▪ memorize to learn facts, a piece of writing or music etc, so that you can remember them later:

He’s trying to memorize his speech.


Don’t write down your PIN number, memorize it.

▪ think back/look back to think about something that happened in the past:

I thought back to when I was his age.


Looking back, I should have been more patient with her.


We need to stop looking back and start thinking about the future.

▪ reminisce /ˌreməˈnɪs, ˌremɪˈnɪs/ to talk about pleasant events, people, experiences etc from the past, because you want to remember them or enjoy talking about them:

They were reminiscing about old times.


I used to spend hours listening to my grandfather reminisce.

▪ bear something in mind to remember something important when you are doing something, because it could affect what you do:

Bear in mind that this is the first time he’s done this.

▪ something is on the tip of your tongue used to say that you know a word or a name but that you have difficulty remembering it at this exact moment:

His name’s on the tip of my tongue. I’ll think of it in a minute.

▪ remind somebody of something to make you think of another person, thing, or time, because they are similar:

It reminds me of the time when I first started teaching.


The taste reminded him of school dinners.

II. re ‧ call 2 /rɪˈkɔːl, ˈriːkɔːl $ -ɒːl/ BrE AmE noun

1 . MEMORY [uncountable] the ability to remember something that you have learned or experienced:

A child’s recall is usually accurate.

He had total recall (=remembered everything) of every play in the game.

2 . ORDER TO RETURN [singular, uncountable] an official order telling someone to return to a place, especially before they expected to

recall of

the recall of their ambassador

3 . beyond recall impossible to bring back or remember

4 . PRODUCT [countable] when a company asks people to return a product they have bought because there may be something wrong with it

5 . POLITICS [singular, uncountable] American English a vote to remove someone from their political position, or the act of being removed by a vote

recall of

the recall of four city council members

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.