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1. acknowledge, know, recognise, recognize

accept (someone) to be what is claimed or accept his power and authority

Example Sentences:
'The Crown Prince was acknowledged as the true heir to the throne'
'We do not recognize your gods'

2. agnise, agnize, realise, realize, recognise, recognize

be fully aware or cognizant of

3. discern, distinguish, make out, pick out, recognise, recognize, spot, tell apart

detect with the senses

Example Sentences:
'The fleeing convicts were picked out of the darkness by the watchful prison guards'
'I can't make out the faces in this photograph'

4. recognise, recognize

perceive to be the same

5. accredit, recognise, recognize

grant credentials to

Example Sentences:
'The Regents officially recognized the new educational institution'
'recognize an academic degree'

6. greet, recognise, recognize

express greetings upon meeting someone

7. acknowledge, recognise, recognize

express obligation, thanks, or gratitude for

Example Sentences:
'We must acknowledge the kindness she showed towards us'

8. recognize

exhibit recognition for (an antigen or a substrate)

9. recognise, recognize

show approval or appreciation of

Example Sentences:
'My work is not recognized by anybody!'
'The best student was recognized by the Dean'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


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verb (transitive)
to perceive (a person, creature, or thing) to be the same as or belong to the same class as something previously seen or known; know again
to accept or be aware of (a fact, duty, problem, etc)
to recognize necessity
to give formal acknowledgment of the status or legality of (a government, an accredited representative, etc)
4. mainly US and Canadian
to grant (a person) the right to speak in a deliberative body, debate, etc
to give a token of thanks for (a service rendered, etc)
to make formal acknowledgment of (a claim, etc)
to show approval or appreciation of (something good or pleasing)
to acknowledge or greet (a person), as when meeting by chance
9. (intransitive) mainly US
to enter into a recognizance

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verb transitiveWord forms: ˈrecogˌnized or ˈrecogˌnizing
to be aware of as something or someone known before, or as the same as that known
to recognize an old friend after many years
to know by some detail, as of appearance; identify
to recognize a butterfly by its coloring
to be aware of the significance of
to recognize symptoms
to acknowledge the existence, validity, authority, or genuineness of
to recognize a claim
to accept as a fact; admit; accept
to recognize defeat
to acknowledge as worthy of appreciation or approval
to recognize devotion
to acknowledge the legal standing of (a government, state, etc.) by some formal action, as by entering into diplomatic relations
to show acquaintance with (a person) by greeting
9.  US
to acknowledge as having the right to speak, as in a meeting

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tr.v. rec·og·nized, rec·og·niz·ing, rec·og·niz·es
1. To know to be something that has been perceived before: recognize a face.
2. To know or identify from past experience or knowledge: recognize hostility.
3. To perceive or show acceptance of the validity or reality of: recognizes the concerns of the tenants.
4. To permit to address a meeting: The club's president recognized the new member.
5. To accept officially the national status of as a new government.
6. To show awareness of; approve of or appreciate: recognize services rendered.
7. To admit the acquaintance of, as by salutation: recognize an old friend with a cheerful greeting.
8. Law To enter into a recognizance.
9. Biology To exhibit recognition for (an antigen or a substrate, for example).

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