Complete Definition of "acknowledge"

English

Etymology
Probably from the prefix a- + the verb knowledge. See knowledge, and compare acknow.

Pronunciation
WEAE IPA|/ækˈnɑl.ɪʤ/
audio|en-us-acknowledge.ogg|Audio (US)

Verb
en-verb|acknowledg|ing

  1. To admit the knowledge of; to recognize as a fact or truth; to declare one's belief in; as, to acknowledge the being of a God.

#:Quotations
#:*I acknowledge my transgressions. - Psalm 51:3.
#:*For ends generally acknowledged to be good. - w:Thomas Macaulay|Thomas Macaulay

  1. To own or recognize in a particular character or relationship; to admit the claims or authority of; to give recognition to.

#:Quotations
#:*In all thy ways acknowledge Him. - Proverbs 3:6
#:* By my soul, I'll ne'er acknowledge thee. - w:William Shakespeare|Shakespeare, w:Romeo and Juliet|Romeo and Juliet, III-v

  1. To own with gratitude or as a benefit or an obligation; as, to acknowledge a favor, the receipt of a letter.

#:Quotations
#:* They his gifts acknowledged none. - w:John Milton|John Milton

  1. To own as genuine; to assent to, as a legal instrument, to give it validity; to avow or admit in legal form; as, to acknowledge a deed.

Usage notes
Acknowledge is opposed to keep back, or conceal, and supposes that something had been previously known to us (though perhaps not to others) which we now feel bound to lay open or make public. Thus, a man acknowledges a secret marriage; one who has done wrong acknowledges his fault; and author acknowledges his obligation to those who have aided him; we acknowledge our ignorance.
Recognize supposes that we have either forgotten or not had the evidence of a thing distinctly before our minds, but that now we know it (as it were) anew, or receive and admit in on the ground of the evidence it brings. Thus, we recognize a friend after a long absence. We recognize facts, principles, truths, etc., when their evidence is brought up fresh to the mind; as, bad men usually recognize the providence of God in seasons of danger. A foreign minister, consul, or agent, of any kind, is recognized on the ground of his producing satisfactory credentials.
See also confess

Synonyms
To avow; proclaim; recognize; own; admit; allow; concede; confess.

Related terms
acknowledgment

Translations
trans-top|To admit the knowledge of
Portuguese: t|pt|reconhecer
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trans-top|To admit the claims or authority of
Portuguese: t|pt|reconhecer
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trans-top|To own with gratitude
Portuguese: t|pt|reconhecer
trans-mid
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trans-top|To own as genuine
Portuguese: t|pt|reconhecer
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Ido: agnoskar
Japanese: 承認する (shōnin suru); 認める (mitomeru)
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Korean: 인정하다, 승인하다
Turkish: kabul etmek

References
R:1913

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