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recall (v.)

1580s, "call back from a distance, to bring back by calling upon," from re- "back, again, to a former state" + call (v.); in some cases a loan-translation of French rappeler (see repeal (v.)) or Latin revocare "to rescind, call back" (see revoke).

A Latin-Germanic hybrid. The meaning "to revoke, take back, countermand" is by 1580s. The sense of "bring back to memory, call back to the mind or perception" is attested from 1610s. Related: Recalled; recalling.

recall (n.)

1610s, "a calling back, a summons to return;" 1650s, "a calling back to the mind," from recall (v.). In U.S. politics, "removal of an elected official," 1902.

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Definitions of recall from WordNet
1
recall (v.)
recall knowledge from memory; have a recollection;
Synonyms: remember / retrieve / call back / call up / recollect / think
recall (v.)
go back to something earlier;
Synonyms: hark back / return / come back
recall (v.)
call to mind;
Synonyms: echo
recall (v.)
summon to return;
The ambassador was recalled to his country
Synonyms: call back
recall (v.)
cause one's (or someone else's) thoughts or attention to return from a reverie or digression;
She was recalled by a loud laugh
recall (v.)
make unavailable; bar from sale or distribution;
The company recalled the product when it was found to be faulty
recall (v.)
cause to be returned;
recall the defective auto tires
Synonyms: call in / call back / withdraw
2
recall (n.)
a request by the manufacturer of a defective product to return the product (as for replacement or repair);
Synonyms: callback
recall (n.)
a call to return;
the recall of our ambassador
recall (n.)
a bugle call that signals troops to return;
recall (n.)
the process of remembering (especially the process of recovering information by mental effort);
he has total recall of the episode
recall (n.)
the act of removing an official by petition;
From wordnet.princeton.edu