Pronunciation: (
n.ri-kôl', rē'kôl for 7–9, 12, 13; rē'kôl for 10, 11),
1. to bring back from memory; recollect; remember: Can you recall what she said?
2. to call back; summon to return: The army recalled many veterans.
3. to bring (one's thoughts, attention, etc.) back to matters previously considered: He recalled his mind from pleasant daydreams to the dull task at hand.
4. Internat. summon back and withdraw the office from (a diplomat).
5. to revoke or withdraw: to recall a promise.
6. to revive.

1. an act of recalling.
2. recollection; remembrance.
3. the act or possibility of revoking something.
4. the removal or the right of removal of a public official from office by a vote of the people taken upon petition of a specified number of the qualified electors.
5. Also called callback. a summons by a manufacturer or other agency for the return of goods or a product already shipped to market or sold to consumers but discovered to be defective, contaminated, unsafe, or the like.
6. a signal made by a vessel to recall one of its boats.
7. a signal displayed to direct a racing yacht to sail across the starting line again.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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