Meaning of RECALL in English

verb , noun

■ verb / rɪˈkɔːl; NAmE /


( formal ) (not used in the progressive tenses) to remember sth

SYN recollect :

[ vn ]

She could not recall his name.

[ v ]

If I recall correctly, he lives in Luton.

[ v -ing ]

I can't recall meeting her before.

[ v that ]

He recalled that she always came home late on Wednesdays.

[ v wh- ]

Can you recall exactly what happened?

[also vn -ing , v speech ]


[ vn ] (not used in the progressive tenses) to make sb think of sth

SYN evoke :

The poem recalls Eliot's 'The Waste Land'.


[ vn ] to order sb to return :

Both countries recalled their ambassadors.

He was recalled to military duty.

They have both been recalled to the Welsh squad (= selected as members of the team after a time when they were not selected) .


[ vn ] to ask for sth to be returned, often because there is sth wrong with it :

The company has recalled all the faulty hairdryers.

■ noun /rɪˈkɔːl; ˈriːkɔːl/


[ U ] the ability to remember sth that you have learned or sth that has happened in the past :

She has amazing powers of recall.

to have instant recall (= to be able to remember sth immediately)

to have total recall (= to be able to remember all the details of sth)


[ sing. ] an official order or request for sb/sth to return, or for sth to be given back :

Thomas's recall to the Welsh team


- beyond recall

For more information see the Cultural Guide



late 16th cent. (as a verb): from re- again + call , suggested by Latin revocare or French rappeler call back.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.