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part of speech: verb
pronunciation: rih kawl
inflections: recalls, recalling, recalled
definition 1: to bring a past event into the mind; remember.
Do you recall the day we went to the zoo together?
recollect, remember
similar words:
place, recognize, review, think
definition 2: to cause to return; call back.
The lawyer recalled the witness to the stand.
similar words:
revive, revoke, summon, take back
definition 3: to have products returned to the factory where they were made. Companies recall a product if it is found to be dangerous or damaged in some way.
The factory recalled the defective bicycles.
similar words:
take back
part of speech: noun
pronunciation: rih kawl [or] ri kawl
definition: the act of remembering.
I have very little recall of being three years old.
derivation: recallable (adj.)
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The word recall contains the following part:
re- Latin prefix that means again; back or back again
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The prefix re- occurs in verbs that are Latin loanwords, where it can mean "again" (revise ) or "back again" (reflect ). It also attaches to English verbs (replay, rewind) with both meanings. Any verb can be prefixed by "re- " to indicate that an action is repeated. No hyphen is necessary unless the word formed is identical to an existing word (re-sign the document, but resign from a job).