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English verb: call back

1. call back (possession) cause to be returned

SamplesRecall the defective auto tires.
The manufacturer tried to call back the spoilt yoghurt.

Synonymscall in, recall, withdraw

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)take

Narrower (hyponym)decommission

2. call back (cognition) recall knowledge from memory; have a recollection

SamplesI can't remember saying any such thing.
I can't think what her last name was.
Can you remember her phone number?.
Do you remember that he once loved you?.
Call up memories.

Synonymscall up, recall, recollect, remember, retrieve, think

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE.
Somebody ----s VERB-ing

Narrower (hyponym)brush up, know, recognise, recognize, refresh, review

Antonymsblank out, draw a blank, forget, block

3. call back (communication) return or repeat a telephone call

SamplesI am busy right now--can you call back in an hour?.
She left a message but the contractor never called back.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)answer, reply, respond

4. call back (communication) summon to return

SamplesThe ambassador was recalled to his country.
The company called back many of the workers it had laid off during the recession.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)call, send for

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